40 firefighters from nearly every station on the Isle of Man have extinguished a fire which began on Saturday evening.Read the full story ›
Residents on the Isle of Man are being told not to worry about parts of the sea around the coast appearing red.
Particularly at Douglas, Laxey and Ramsey bays a natural phenomenon is occuring, called 'noctiluca scintillans'.
Scientists at the IOM Government Laboratory, operated by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, have analysed samples and confirmed the discolouration is caused by a type of algae.
Whilst non-toxic, it is possible that dense blooms will also congregate other organisms such as jellyfish which will feed on noctiluca.
The public are therefore advised to avoid swimming through patches of water that are clearly discoloured.
United Utilities say they will have ‘no choice’ but to introduce restrictions if water demand does not fall in the coming days.Read the full story ›
The Woodland Trust says the impact on nature of the Winter Hill blaze could be “devastating”.
A large portion of its 1,700 acres Smithills Estate has been burnt by the fire which ripped through the site on Thursday evening and has continued to spread with hundreds of firefighters on hand to tackle it.
The fire has seen damage to heather moorland, upland grassland and woodland – home to an array of delicate and rare plants and animals such as the brown hare, lapwing and common lizard; it has also burnt into the first trees planted as part of the Northern Forest project.
Russ Hedley, from the Woodland Trust who is based at Smithills, said: “Whole eco systems – from birds down to the likes of caterpillars and insects will have been wiped out by the fire, though as it continues to blaze, we can only speculate as to the exact damage.
"Breeding birds will have been affected such as the curlew, a red-list species. And it will have affected the whole invertebrate community too. The habitat will take years to recover with the scars lasting a long time.”
Beach Buddies Isle of Man held events on 11 of the island's beaches over the weekend, with hundreds willing to help.Read the full story ›
Its claimed up to 3 million years of life could be lost by people dying early in the region in the next century if toxic air is not tackledRead the full story ›
Recent sightings of basking sharks near the Isle of Man has prompted a reminder for people not to disturb or startle them.Read the full story ›
The enviroment agency has announced a new £63 million pound flood defence scheme at Rossall, Wyre in Lancashire. It's hoped it will reduce the risk of flooding to 7,500 properties in the area. It consists of two kilometres of sea defences featuring several tonnes of concrete and 325,000 tonnes of rock.
Jeremy the seven-month-old wallaby was taken to a vets on the Isle of Man after being discovered by walkers beside his dead mother.Read the full story ›
Blackpool's South beach has been given Blue Flag status by Keep Britain Tidy.
The award recognises coastal destinations that boast the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.