Adders are to be given protected habitats by roadsides in an attempt to boost numbers as conservationists insist they pose "little risk" to the public. Denbighshire County Council is believed to be the first local authority in the UK to unveil plans to use roadside nature reserves to help preserve Britain's only venomous snake. The measures come amid fears adders are vanishing across Britain with the species believed to be extinct in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. They are also considered to be endangered in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London. Experts say a loss of natural habitat and human "persecution" has damaged adder population numbers. In North Wales, seen as one of the reptile's last remaining strongholds in the UK, work has started to create a designated 150m stretch of roadside verge in Hiraethog, which the council aims to monitor and protect the snakes under a "specific habitat management plan". The council said it hoped its approach in creating … [Read more...] about Adders to be given new protected habitat as conservationists admit battle to overturn image problem
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An archive photo MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – There are plans to improve the genetic status of the micro-population of the European bison in the Naliboki Nature Reserve. These plans are part of the Wetlands project financed by the Global Environmental Facility and implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, BelTA learned from the press service of the UNDP Office in Belarus. A backcasting analysis of the formation of the Naliboki micro-population was conducted; population dynamics and reproduction dynamics were evaluated; a series of field studies was undertaken to assess winter-spring and summer-autumn distribution of the bison population across the territory, including in forage lands and farmland. “There are plans to develop and implement a program to exchange individuals between micro-populations in order to improve the genetic status of the Naliboki herds. DNA … [Read more...] about Belarus to improve genetic status of European bison in Naliboki Nature Reserve
BirdLife Malta today signed an agreement with government over the management and operation of the Salina Nature Park, where the NGO shall take over said responsibility. Back in 2016, a preliminary agreement was signed, with the final management agreement signed today. Darryl Grima, BirdLife Malta President, said that this site is the largest nature reserve. He said that the Salini area is currently being embellished, stressing that the site is an environmental site, is a tourism site and is an educational site. He said that the nature and the dynamics of the site requires continuous attention and certain logistics, however expressed confidence that BirdLife would find help from government. BirdLife Malta’s hope is that, through some minor changes, the site would attract flamingos and other such birds. He spoke of the importance of preserving open spaces and his hope that the site will attract visitors to observe said birds in their natural habitat. Environment Minister Jose … [Read more...] about BirdLife Malta signs management and operation agreement for Salina Nature Reserve
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 August 2018 Laura Brainwood Outgoing Inner Wheel president Sue handed over the chain to Val Whiteley, who is serving as president for the coming year. Picture: contributed Archant Exmouth Inner Wheel have presented a cheque to their chosen charity of the year, which supports important natural habitats across East Devon. Exmouth Inner Wheel's new president Val Whitely visited the Devon Wildlife Trust in July to hand over a cheque. Picture: contributedIn July, Exmouth Inner Wheel’s joint presidents Sue Naile and Val Whiteley and treasurer Iris Buteux, went to the headquarters of The Devon Wildlife Trust to present a cheque. It costs around £2,000 a day to manage all 50 of the trust’s nature reserves, including places like Bystock Pools and Bovey Heathfield.Such areas provide havens for nightjars, silver-studded blue butterflies and other priority species. The members were shown around the old mill, the last working mill … [Read more...] about Inner Wheel presents cheque to help trust preserve prioriy species across East Devon
HE was recently back on our screens in the epic new Blue Planet series and his voice is one of the most recognisable on the planet. But how old is David Attenborough and who were his brothers? Here's what you need to know about the popular National Treasure... How old is David Attenborough and what series has he presented? Sir David Attenborough is a 92-year-old veteran broadcaster, who was born on May 8, 1926, in Isleworth, London. He is best known for presenting the nine Life series – which surveyed animal and plant life on planet earth. David, who was born in Isleworth, west London, is also known for narrating Wildlife On One (1977 - 2005), and over 50 episodes of Natural World. He later narrated The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and Frozen Planet (2011). He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D. More recently, he has been narrating BBC One’s first 4K Ultra HD production, Life Story, since October 2014 - as … [Read more...] about How old is Sir David Attenborough, who was his wife Jane, how many brothers does he have and what is The Queen’s Green Planet?