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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...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

THERE is one last chance to save a slice of the North East's natural heritage, warn conservationists. Two years ago Northumberland Wildlife Trust surveyed rare whin grassland which is only found in Northumberland and limited to areas along the Great Whin Sill rock formation. The survey found that a number of the sites which were originally examined in 1980 have now disappeared and those that remain are under imminent threat from scrub, neglect or overgrazing. Calaminarian grasslands...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.