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2011-01-21 06:29:00

SWINDON, England, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has announced that three young grey seal pups born on the National Trust's Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast have been discovered hundreds of miles away on a Dutch beach. The first of the Farne Island three was found on the 13 December 2010 and was less than three weeks old when it made the 350 mile journey. After being found by a member of the public it was taken to a seal rescue centre in Holland. Pups two and...

2010-09-28 12:44:00

SWINDON, England, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- National Trust reports that an Arctic tern discovered off the coast of Northumberland is believed to be more than 30 years-old, making it the oldest known in the UK. Originally ringed on the Farne Islands on 28 June 1980, it was re-trapped on Inner Farne this summer. The bird would have been ringed when a few days old making it now more than 30 years of age. The tern was trapped in 1980 by a team of wardens that included John Walton who is now...

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2009-07-01 12:53:16

The number of puffins at one of the UK's key colonies has mysteriously fallen by a third and scientists are now using hi-tech tags to get an insight into why it may be happening, BBC News reported. The devices are being fitted onto the seabirds that are nesting on the Farne Islands, located off the Northumberland coast. Only 36,500 puffins were recorded in a survey from 2008, down from 55,674 in 2003, but the islands, which are home to the largest puffin colony in England, are considered a...

2008-12-27 12:17:13

Britain's puffins are among the wildlife suffering from a second year of erratic weather, the National Trust said Saturday. This year's cold spring, wet summer and dry autumn have made tough going for puffins, the marsh fritillary butterfly and lesser horseshoe bats, the BBC reported. A wet summer in 2009 could be disastrous for insects -- an integral part of the wildlife food chain, the National Trust said. Bees struggled though frost and snow in April, while birds, including blue and great...

2008-10-04 18:00:11

IF LIVING by the sea sounds appealing, then a new home in the Northumberland coastal village of Seahouses offers a possible solution. Only a few apartments remain at The Viking, which features homes in a magnificent setting overlooking the harbour. The Viking is a landmark building offering contemporary architecture that complements its attractive location. Plot 1 of the development from builders Countylife is a three- bedroom split-level apartment and is on the upper ground floor...

2008-09-25 17:46:30

LANDSCAPE features off the North East coast include the Farne Deeps trench which is more than 100 metres deep. It is home to large numbers of Dublin Bay prawns, better known as scampi. Doggerland, an area of the Dogger Bank, has the remains of more than 30 seabed villages. Expanses of the North Sea off the North East are dominated by underwater hills and plains of sand and gravel. In some parts of the Dogger Bank the hills are as high as Big Ben. The Dogger Bank sand hills were...

2008-08-28 18:00:30

RISING sea levels along the North East coast are threatening tourism and valuable wildlife, a report has revealed. The Farne Islands, off Northumberland, have been identified as among 10 coastal landmarks owned by the National Trust which could suffer because of erosion and rising swells. The 30 islands are an important haven for wildlife and are home to 55,674 pairs of puffins, 20 species of seabird and colonies of grey seals. They are also a world-renowned tourist attraction....

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2008-08-28 09:05:00

By Mark Summers The Farne Islands have been identified as being among ten coastal landmarks owned by the National Trust which could suffer because of erosion and rising sea levels. The 30 islands, which are two miles off the coast of Northumberland, are a popular tourist attraction and are internationally important for wildlife. Twenty species of seabirds breed there, including 55,674 pairs of puffins, and a colony of grey seals uses the islands as pupping grounds. But a report for the...


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2006-02-22 12:07:19

The Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. The call is a clear piping, similar to that of the Common Tern, but higher pitched and more strident. This bird has a circumpolar distribution and can be found in abundance throughout the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Europe, Asia and North America as far south as Brittany and Massachusetts. The Arctic Tern is strongly migratory, spending its winters in the Antarctic. This 12,000 mile (19,000 km) journey...

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2005-06-14 09:01:00

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large sea duck which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat further south in temperate zones, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters. The nest is built close to the sea and is lined with eiderdown which is plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining was (and in some areas, still is)...

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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.