Latest Isles of Scilly Stories

2011-06-20 08:33:40

A University of Exeter biologist has discovered a 'lost' species of bat breeding on the Isles of Scilly (UK). A pregnant female brown long-eared bat is the first of its species to be found on the islands for at least 40 years. It was discovered by Dr Fiona Mathews, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, a postgraduate student and a team from the Wiltshire Bat Group. The Scilly Isles Bat Group called in Dr Mathews and her team to help them find out more about bats on the islands. The...

2009-10-09 14:45:00

A new study by researchers at the University of Southampton has found that sea levels have been rising across the south coast of England over the past century, substantially increasing the risk of flooding during storms. The team has conducted a major data collection exercise, bringing together computer and paper-based records from across the south of England, from the Scilly Isles to Sheerness, to form a single data set of south coast sea levels across the years. Their work has added...

2008-10-06 21:00:17

Birds including cirl buntings and twites will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes in various parts of the country plus marine species in the Isle of Scilly, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help hazel dormice. The programme aims to help some of England's most threatened species and habitats in an attempt to halt the loss of...

2008-09-25 00:00:30

By Andy Greenwood Chief Reporter Specialist cancer surgery services in Cornwall should be moved out of the county, an independent review is expected to recommend today. The news will come as a massive blow to campaigners, patients and staff who have fought to keep throat and neck cancer surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. They fear that patient care will be affected by the prospect of having to travel to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where a larger, dedicated unit will...

2008-09-17 00:00:00

By Andy Greenwood Chief Reporter The Government has instigated an urgent review of threatened cancer surgery services in Cornwall. Specialist throat and neck cancer treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, at Treliske, is already supposed to have moved to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital as part of a scheme to create a single, dedicated centre in the region in 2010. However, the controversial plans have been derailed by mounting opposition from patients, staff and councillors to keep the...

2008-07-31 00:00:27

Health officials have labelled 'tombstoning' as 'utter and complete insanity', after two more teenagers were seriously injured in the act. Tombstoning led to a 17-year-old being airlifted to hospital just two days ago, after jumping off a 25-foot pier into shallow water in Looe. Earlier this month a 15-year-old was seriously injured after jumping off the roof of a yacht club into shallow water. Dr Paul Howarth, an A&E Consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro, said:...

2008-07-16 00:00:00

A new study has put Cornwall GPs top of the league in terms of their opening hours. According to the Department of Health, 97 per cent of all practices in the country offer extended opening hours. Since May, most practices have been offering additional pre- booked appointments outside of normal core hours. Dr Peter Knibbs, director of primary care at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, said it was good news for patients. "GPs and the practice teams in Cornwall and the...

2008-07-13 00:00:16

An airport advertised for an air traffic controller with good vision, but said applicants could use a Braille form to apply. The website for St Mary's Airport, on the Isles of Scilly, says controllers need to be able to observe changing weather. But the advert for a fourth controller for the airport said applicants could ask for an application pack in larger text, Braille or an audio format. A spokesman for the Council of the Isles of Scilly, which runs the airport, said the...

2008-07-11 18:00:25

AIRPORT bosses were yesterday accused of political correctness gone mad after advertising for an air traffic controller - in BRAILLE. Bosses at St Mary's airport on the Scilly Isles say they are just honouring equal ops rules, despite stating that 20-20 vision is required. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-06-18 00:00:17

M iracle Theatre have posted a short film on their recently- revamped website, where it is possible to relive just a few of those fleeting moments of genius for which this Cornish company is renowned. From The Government Inspector to Hamlet, The Taming Of The Shrew to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, their achievements in the past few years alone prove, if proof were needed, that London and Edinburgh do not hold a monopoly on mould-breaking drama. Formed way back in 1979, Miracle are as hard...

Latest Isles of Scilly Reference Libraries

2007-01-10 12:39:19

The lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) is a tiny shrew found in Europe. Its preferred habitat is woodlands. The population is found on the Isles of Scilly. It forages on beaches. This is unusual behavior for this species.

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