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2008-09-11 18:00:17

By Tony Henderson FROM volunteer to chairman - that's how David Brettell has risen in the wildlife world. David, 45, became a volunteer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust in 1995. Now he has been appointed as the new chairman of the trust, which has 13,000 members. He lives with wife Jayne at Lickar Moor Farm near Bowsden in Northumberland. David fell for Northumberland after moving to the county following three years of backpacking around the world. After a winter spent in a...

2008-09-08 00:00:14

By Amol Rajan THE HEAVY rains that caused severe flooding and killed at least eight people across Britain began to ease in many parts of the country yesterday. But while the weather brightened and floodwaters receded in some areas, hundreds of homes remained submerged as forecasters warned of further heavy downpours tomorrow. The Environment Agency said it expected rivers to stabilise but had a "very watchful eye" on the north-east of England and the river Ouse. Flash floods hit...

2008-08-31 18:00:19

A DOG that sparked a major rescue operation after jumping off a bridge has returned home after treatment for its injuries. Winnie, a black retriever, was being walked by the road in Warkworth, Northumberland, when she suddenly jumped over the bridge wall and plunged 7.5m (25ft) into the river, landing on rocks below. Although the two-year-old bitch broke her foot and suffered cuts and bruises, she managed to scramble to a nearby island in the centre of the river. Firefighters and a...

2008-08-29 18:00:36

A STUDENT has landed his dream job at a construction firm after helping to build a 2.7km bypass in Northumberland. Adam Robson worked alongside Wolverhampton-based Carillion Civil Engineering between October 2006 and March 2007 to build the pounds 9m Pegswood Bypass linking Ashington and Morpeth. After helping to complete the project, Adam used the contacts he had built up to secure an interview with Carillion for a full-time post. After discussing his options, he decided to take on...

2008-08-28 18:00:51

DOCTORS are bidding to run three new controversial polyclinics in the North East in a bid to prevent private companies taking over GP services. The health centres were last night confirmed for the West End of Newcastle, Battle Hill in North Tyneside and Cramlington, Northumberland the first to be announced for the North East. Following a public consultation, NHS North of Tyne said the multi- million pound plans would also include two new GP practices in Newcastle, one in Walker and one...

2008-08-23 18:00:17

A POLLUTED beach remains closed while investigators look into oil washed up there. The Environment Agency is waiting for the results of lab tests after an oily substance was discovered on the sand near the high tide mark on Cambois beach, Northumberland. Wansbeck Council says the beach will be closed until officials give the all-clear. (c) 2008 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-19 18:00:37

By Graeme Whitfield RECORD numbers of young people in the North East have scooped top grades in this year's A-levels. The national pass rate soared above 97% for the first time and one in four sixth-formers was awarded A grades (25.9%, up from 25.3% last year). Schools in North Tyneside saw their pass rate rise to 99%, while Gateshead's was 99.4% and South Tyneside's 97.6%. Newcastle schools recorded their best pass rate yet (96.5%) while Sunderland's rose to 94% and Northumberland...

2008-08-19 18:00:00

SOME of the region's wildlife-rich fields are in danger of being lost forever. Over the past 60 years, a staggering 97% of Britain's wildflower grasslands and meadows have been destroyed. One in five of the nation's wild plants are on the verge of extinction and species- rich grasslands are becoming increasingly rare. In response to this crisis, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has launched an appeal aimed at protecting one of Northumberland's most threatened and exceptional landscape...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

NORTH East home energy efficiency provider eaga has handed out more than pounds 27,000, with the help of the Community Foundation, to organisations around the region in a bid to develop their environmental projects. Northumberland Wildlife Trust is just one of the groups who received a pounds 7,247 grant to allow them to increase public access to St Nicholas Nature Reserve through the Breathing Places programme. With the money they are planning to install new signage & seating, buy...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

By Leanne Clough AS both a landowner and operator, Northumbrian Water is committed to conserving and enhancing wildlife in the region. It works in partnership with wildlife trusts, Natural England, local authorities and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to protect and enhance the environment. Its involvement as one of the principal partners of the regional Northern Kites project, which is managed by the RSPB and English Nature, working in partnership with Gateshead...


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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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'