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British Antarctic Survey gets £100 million funding boost

The Government is giving them £100 million. Credit: The Rothera Research Station.

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey has been given £100 million to upgrade its Rothera Research Station and build its latest research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

The Government investment will allow the BAS to attempt more ambitious expeditions and experiments.

"We have a new ship, Sir David Attenborough, we have aircraft, so we can investigate oceans, we investigate the air, we send people deep into the continent."

– Tim Stockings, Operations Director
An image of the new research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough Credit: BAS

NERC, the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training an knowledge in environmental sciences, has welcomed the funding.

Work on the Sir David Attenborough research ship Credit: BAS

"This is an exciting moment for polar science. We are about to embark on a partnership to deliver a modernised Antarctic capability, which will involve changes to all five of our Antarctic research stations. This crucial work will enable our scientists to continue addressing issues of global importance. This investment means also that we can continue to improve our operational capability in the polar regions and in the UK."

– Professor Duncan Wingham, NERC CEO


Ash trees have 'fighting chance' against deadly disease

Ash dieback disease has been killing UK trees since 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Scientists in Norwich have found UK ash trees could have a fighting chance against a disease that threatened to wipe out 90% of the population.

Ash dieback was first discovered in 2012 and has rapidly spread.

But research by the Earlham Institute and John Innes Centre has identified genetic markers of tolerance which could help breed new varieties which can survive the infection.

More than £100,000 donated to buy Hickling Broad in Norfolk

655 acres of the Hickling Broad Estate were put on the open market in September. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than £100,000 has been donated to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to help them buy Hickling Broad in Norfolk.

The charity has been offered the nature reserve by the private owner for £2.5m.

The appeal was launched in November, and donations have been coming in from far and wide, with people expressing their wishes that Hickling Broad will be protected long into the future.

It's needs to raise a further one million pounds by March to secure the deal.

The response in the first week has been incredible and we are moved by how many of our members and the public have been in touch so quickly to help us secure this exceptional nature reserve. However, we know it is very early days and that we have almost 90% of the £1 million still to raise.

– Nik Khandpur, Head of Development


Thousands of trees to be planted along the Norwich NDR

The planned route of the NDR, stretching from Postwick to Taverham. Credit: ITV Anglia

The first of 30,000 trees are being planted along the route of the Norwich NDR.

It's the latest stage of work on the Northern Distributer Road which stretches from Taverham to Postwick.

The 20 kilometre stretch of road is due to be opened this time next year.

Construction of the NDR in March 2016. Credit: ITV Anglia

Children from Rackheath Primary School along with Councillors are planting the first of the trees off Newman Road.

The tree plantings are part of a number of wildlife and environmental considerations that developers are involved with as the road is constructed.

Unblocking the river that had run dry

The River Stour was reduced to a trickle in places Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dive teams from the Environment Agency have been working in the River Stour to unblock a weir which has drastically reduced water levels.

The gate was jammed for a few days in the village of Great Cornard on the outskirts of Sudbury which has meant the river made famous by the painter John Constable has been reduced to just a trickle in some areas.

10,000 fish had to be moved to deeper water. But this afternoon the divers managed to left the gate and the water started to flow..

Divers have spent the day trying to unblock the weir at Great Cornard. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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