BRENT Council in north London is growing a seven-mile long “bee corridor” of wild flowers in an effort to boost the numbers of pollinating insects this summer.
The Independent says that project will involve sowing 22 wild flower meadows in the borough’s parks and open spaces.
A council spokesperson said: “Bees and other insects are so important for pollinating the crops that provide the food that we eat. We must do all we can to help them to thrive.”
A piece of stone which was drilled from the ancient Stonehenge ring of stones in Wiltshire has been returned to the site 60 years after being removed.
The Daily Mirror reports that the cylinder, which is just over a metre long and has a diameter of 25 millimetres, was taken in 1958 when the cracked stone was strengthened with metal rods.
One of the workmen, Robert Phillips, kept the extracted stone core and later took it to the United States, but on the eve of his 90th birthday, asked that the fragment be returned to the care of English Heritage.
Workmen unearthed a royal burial site between a pub and a supermarket during roadworks in Prittlewell, near Southend, Essex.
Now it has been hailed as the UK’s answer to Tutankhamun’s tomb, says the BBC.
Tooth enamel fragments were the only human remains, but experts say their “best guess” is that they belonged to a 6th century Anglo-Saxon prince.
It is said to be the oldest example of a Christian Anglo-Saxon royal burial.
When a team from the Museum of London Archaeology excavated the site, they said they were “astounded” to find the burial chamber intact.
The Guardian tells us that a land area between England and southern Scandinavia, which was home to thousands of stone age settlers, is about to be rediscovered.
According to the paper, marine experts, scientists and archaeologists have spent the past 15 years mapping thousands of kilometres under water in the hope of unearthing lost tribes of prehistoric Britain.
And now a crew of British and Belgian scientists have set off on a voyage across the North Sea to reconstruct the ancient Mesolithic landscape hidden beneath the waves for 7,500 years.
The ancient country, known as Doggerland, which could once have had great plains with rich soils, formed an important land bridge between Britain and northern Europe but was believed to have been hit by catastrophic flooding.
Prof Vincent Gaffney, from the University of Bradford’s school of archaeological and forensic sciences, said: “If this is successful it will be the first time anybody will have produced such evidence for settlements in the deep waters of the North Sea. This will be a real first. That would be new knowledge of what is really a lost continent.”
A romantic ‘fishy’ tale appears in the Daily Mirror: 50 year old Christopher Eggington, from Wragby in Lincolnshire, proposed to his girlfriend after she discovered an engagement ring in a fish he caught on a trip to Chapel St Leonards.
Christopher commented: “We released most of our fish but kept two back for dinner.
“When we got back to the house, Sandra was in charge of preparing the meal. That’s when I heard a squeal and turned around to see Sandra, beaming with glee, holding a ring.”
Christopher had wanted to propose to Sandra for a while. He hadn’t yet plucked up the courage to pop the question but when Sandra made the discovery, he decided that it was the right time.
- The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)
- The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)
- The BBC
- The Daily Mirror