News Round Up 351

GOOD news reported in The Guardian for puffins on the island of Lunday, off the coast of Devon.

The paper says that since rats were expunged from the island 15 years ago, the number of puffins has trebled to 21,000 birds, according to a study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Apparently rats preyed upon the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting seabirds, particularly the burrow-nesting puffins and shearwaters.

But Since Lundy was declared rat-free , its seabird populations have bounced back.

Dean Jones, the warden on Lundy, which is managed by the Landmark Trust, said: “The increases in puffins, guillemots and razorbills is very encouraging for the future of seabirds on Lundy and we are maintaining our vigilance to ensure rats cannot return to the island.”

It was where author JM Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan, played as a child and now a Georgian villa and its terraced gardens in Dumfries are reopening as Scotland’s first National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, says The Guardian.

It contains a full-scale pirate ship, a mermaid lagoon and a Lost Boys’ treehouse, and the modern-day Neverland at Moat Brae House is the result of an £8.5m, eight-year restoration project.

Barrie described the five years he spent attending Dumfries academy as some of the happiest of his life. It was there that he became close friends with the brothers Stuart and Hal Gordon, who lived at nearby Moat Brae.

The Independent tells us that archaeologists have discovered an entire Roman town and main road at Newington, near Sittingbourne in Kent.

The 18-acre site includes Iron Age and Roman settlements. rare coins, pottery and jewellery dating back as early as 30 BC..

Experts have said the discovery is one of the most significant finds made in the region. Newington History Group said that rare iron furnaces and sunken pottery kilns were also found, while several expensive, imported smaller items demonstrated the residents’ high status.

Dean Coles, chairman of the group,said: “This is very exciting. The scale of this site, with the huge number and quality of finds, changes our knowledge of Newington’s development.”

Oh dear…. an article in The Daily Express puts the spotlight on a new study which claims that some Brits cannot point to Germany on a map and don’t know that Gibraltar is British.

Over 2,200 British adults took part in the survey for which also revealed that more than seven out of 10 have never heard of Lichtenstein, two thirds are unaware of Brunei’s existence and more than three fifths did not recognise Mozambique.

Liechtenstein was the least known country in Europe with 71 per cent admitting they had never heard of it.

Montenegro, Georgia, Trinidad and Tobago, Macedonia, Moldova, Malta and Luxembourg all made the top 10 of unknown countries.

The Daily Mirror salutes pensioners Chris and Peter Lloyd who cycled the 12,000 miles from Hadrian’s Wall in the UK to the Great Wall of China in 18 months.

They cycled every day and camped at night, enduring temperatures that fell to minus 15C.

Chris who is 64, commented: “Sometimes I really wanted to be at home by the wood-burning-stove with a glass of wine, but, apart from that, we didn’t miss anything and Peter (66) added:“Apart from rhubarb crumble…”

Chris said: “We weren’t unhappy but we were healthy enough – so we wanted to challenge ourselves.”

Reference list

  • The Guardian
  • The Independent
  • The Daily Express
  • The Daily Mirror

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