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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.
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.
A DOG that sparked a major rescue operation after jumping off a bridge has returned home after treatment for its injuries.
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.
DOCTORS are bidding to run three new controversial polyclinics in the North East in a bid to prevent private companies taking over GP services.
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.
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).
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.
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.
By Leanne Clough AS both a landowner and operator, Northumbrian Water is committed to conserving and enhancing wildlife in the region.
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)...
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.