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Do you have a carrier bag 'stash'?

From today, you'll have to pay 5p if you want a carrier bag when you're doing your shopping in larger stores.

Might be a good time when to raid your carrier bag stash and take a few out with you next time you hit the high street.

Send us your 'carrier bag selfies' or pictures of your 'bag drawer' to

Here's a few to get you started...


Pictures: First seal pup of the year born on Farne Islands

The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast, marking the start of this year’s annual seal count by the Islands’ resident rangers.

The seals only leave the colony when they've moulted their white fur Credit: National Trust
  • Every year over 1,500 pups are born on the islands
  • They have an estimated population of 5,000 seals
  • Rangers spend three months each autumn counting the seals
  • Breedings starts in mid-September and most pups are born in October and November
Mother and child catch the autumn sun Credit: National Trust

A typical day for the rangers involves landing on the seal colonies to monitor the birth of the pups. Once born, they’re sprayed with a harmless dye to indicate the week they are born, which allows the Rangers to keep an accurate count. The job is not as easy as it sounds, as protective mother seals can become aggressive when the rangers get too close.

Credit: National Trust

The public can visit the island - and its seals - by making a short boat trip from Seahouses.


Flood warning in place for Middlesbrough Becks

Flood warning in place for the Middlesbrough Beck area Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency have issued a flood warning for the Middlesbrough Becks.

They say flooding of low lying roads and footpaths as well as homes and businesses is possible.

The areas listed as being at risk are Marton West Beck, Newham Beck, Ormesby Beck, Middle Beck, and Spencer Beck

Members of staff from the agency are in the area as more unsettled wet weather is expected.

Rainfall is forecast to continue until early this afternoon but is expected to become lighter.

River levels have now peaked and will continue to fall throughout this afternoon.

It is forecast to be dry overnight tonight but more rain is expected to affect the area from midday on Wednesday (16th September 2015) which may cause river levels to rise once again.

Moth Night: Get involved and start counting

It is Moth Night tonight and you can get involved.

It is very simple, you just need to identify and count the moths you see in your garden tonight.

There are several ways to attract them - find out more here

Silver Y Moth Credit: Sheila Cartwright

Around 40 species of migrating moths have appeared in the UK for the first time in the last 15 years - some travelling from as far as North Africa.

You might also spot a moth marked by researchers which could provide more information about migration. Credit:

Once you have your count completed you can record your findings here.

The count lasts for three nights so if you are not about tonight there is still time to get involved - and let us know how you get on.

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