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Project sinks teeth into European shark tagging

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network set up it's project several years ago. Credit: ITV Border

A project to tag sharks off the south west coast of Scotland hopes to increase it's reach to Europe.

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network set up it's project several years ago in a bid to find out more about the movements of sharks in our waters. Now it's going to expand to other waters around Europe and it's been providing all sorts of benefits to researchers.

"Tagging can give us a lot of information but what it also does which is crucial is that it encourages research. Our work with Marine Scotland and Aberdeen University has got three kids doing PhDs. On shark research migratory movements, genetics so all this is important to input into the management that we were that we were talking about earlier on."

– Ian Burrett Scottish Sea Angling


Dirt trapped diggers to be freed in a few days

Northern Powergrid are hoping to remove two diggers, trapped in a rare bog in Cumbria, within a few days.

Two machines became trapped in the area of scientific interest last week. Environmentalists are worried this will cause damage to the area, Butterburn Flow, which is considered to be the most important site of its kind in England.

"Our contractors were completing a project to replace wooden electricity poles in the area, when their vehicles got into difficulty.

Close consultation is taking place with Natural England to ensure they are retrieved from the site in a controlled and careful manner with no lasting impact on the local environment.

This work has started and we hope to have the vehicles removed in the next few days."

– Spokesperson for Northern Powergrid

Diggers get that sinking feeling

A second digger became stuck when it tried to help the first digger Credit: Mark Crawford

Environmentalists fear damage is likely to have been done to a rare piece of upland peat bog in Cumbria after two large diggers got stuck.

The two pieces of machinery got trapped last week in Butterburn Flow near Gilsland - a remote area of bog that's been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It's believed one of the digger drivers was trying to take a short cut across the 1,000 acre site when it got stuck. Another digger that went to rescue it also sank in the bog.

They were working for Northern Powergrid helping to replace wooden electricity poles.

Emma Austin from Natural England said she was particularly worried about fuel leaking from the machines.

"It is a sensitive community. It's rare. The threat we've got immediately is from oil pollution. Our priority is to get them off with as minimum damage as possible."

– Emma Austin from Natural England

The vehicles are stuck about a mile from the nearest road. A temporary metal road surface will be laid across the bog to near the stranded diggers. A chain will then be attached to them and they will be dragged free.

Butterburn Flow is considered to be the most important site of its kind in England. Known as "blanket mire" it contains bog mosses including Sphagnum moss and many other rare plants as well as breeding wader birds.

The two diggers are stuck on an area of 'Scientific Interest' and environmentalists fear it could damage the site
Two diggers are stuck in the bog Credit: ITV Border