In today's round-up we bring you research on hedgehogs from Reading University, a boost for the UK's oldest working suspension bridge and a record-breaking farmer.
Welcome news for urban hedgehogs
Although there has been a decline numbers of hedgehogs in recent years, it appears those dwelling in urban areas are doing quite well.
Researchers from Reading University have been monitoring the species and their findings were published in the journal Urban Ecosystems. They placed ink pads in hundreds of back gardens and logged any footprints of passing hedgehogs.
The team found hedgehogs were less likely to frequent gardens enjoyed by badgers, who are the species’ main predator, but were unaffected by foxes or dogs.
All gardens enjoyed by hedgehogs had clear areas for the creatures to enter. Those looking to encourage the animals into their gardens were advised to make a hole or two in fencing if their garden is completely contained.
Six-man rescue mission triggered by tired terrier
A tired terrier and his owner triggered a six-man rescue effort when they became stranded in the Lake District last week (12 September).
A team from the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team came to the aid of the pair after the dog refused to walk any further while out on the fells.
Rutland rejects plans for McDonald’s
Residents of England’s smallest county have criticised plans to open a McDonald’s in the market town of Oahkham.
Rutland is the only county in England not to feature the fast food chain’s golden arches, and many locals are keen to keep things that way.
On this day…
In 18 September, 1809, the second theatre of the Royal Opera House opened after a fire destroyed the original theatre one year earlier. The Covent Garden venue was subjected to a second disastrous fire in 1856 and was rebuilt two years later.
Arts hoped to help residents accept coastal loss
‘Community operas’ are part of proposals to persuade coastal towns and villages that their homes must be sacrificed to the sea because of climate change.
A report from the Environment Agency has suggested using the arts to engage with ‘communities facing difficult choices such as managed retreat’.
Union Chain Bridge’s future restored
The Union Chain Bridge between Scotland and England has received £3.14m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
It will allow a major programme of repairs to begin next year on the 200-year-old structure over the River Tweed.
And finally…. Farmer breaks world record
Farmer Tim Lamyman has broken the world pea yield record for the second time in three years with a yield of nearly 7.5t/ha.
‘I am absolutely thrilled with the final performance of the peas as they have shown a consistency in biomass through the season – much more so than last year,’ he said.
The small crows have been seen feasting on box moth caterpillars, who have wreaked havoc in domestic, commercial and historical
A conservation group is working to boost numbers of the endangered great sundew.