APPARENTLY it’s a bumper time for British fleas!

The Daily Mirror reports that record heat and wet weather have created the “perfect” environment for the little pests to thrive.

And the newspaper says calls to pest controllers have shot up 415 per cent in July compared to the previous month and with the same period last year.

Rentokil spokesman David Cross said: “We believe weather patterns this summer are the likely cause of this huge jump in flea inquiries.

“The hot weather we experienced in July followed by the August rain has created the perfect hot and humid environment for fleas to thrive, and has accelerated their reproduction from egg to adult.

“This summer’s jump in flea inquiries has been the largest we’ve seen in several years.”

Exciting news from the world of botany in The Independent.

They say that a prehistoric palm living on the Isle of Wight has produced male and female cones for the first time in 60 million years.

The palm is believed to be thriving on the cliffs of Ventnor Botanic Gardens because of climate change. The garden is on average five degrees warmer than the rest of the mainland.

“This presents us with an exciting opportunity to transfer pollen and generate seeds for the first time in the UK for 60 million years,” said Liz Walker from Ventnor Botanic Garden.

“This can be seen as further evidence from the plant kingdom of climate change in action. Certainly this sort of plant could formerly not be considered hardy in the UK; the recent heatwave has contributed to the individual cone growth.”

Fancy that….a gold ring, which was dug up by a metal detectorist and kept in his garage for 40 years, could be worth as much as £10,000!

An article in The Independent says that 81 year old Tom Clark first found the piece of jewellery in 1979 while searching a plot of farmland just outside his home town of Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire.

He didn’t realise its true value and put it inside a metal tin and left it inside a garage; it wasn’t until he began sorting through items from his mother’s house after her death that Tom came across the seal ring again, purely by chance.

He decided to get it valued and was shocked to discover it was a 670-year-old medieval artefact dating back to 1350. It is to go on auction for an estimated £8,500 to £10,000.

The hit BBC TV drama series Peaky Blinders is claimed to have inspired some of the most popular baby names in England and Wales, says the BBC.

They are quoting figures from the Office for National Statistics which show that Arthur entered the top 10 for boys for the first time since the 1920s, with Ada in the top 100 girls’ names for the first time in a century.

Arthur and Ada are key members of the Shelby family featured in the Bafta-winning series which is set around Birmingham after the end of the First World War.

The ONS said also said that girls named Alexa also halved in a year, possibly due to potential confusion with Amazon’s Echo.

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