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Northern Lights spotted around Wales

This picture was taken at around 10pm last night at Llaneilian on Anglesey. Credit: George Good

The Northern Lights put on a spectacular show last night where the skies cleared over north Wales.

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Richard from MLA Photography fillmed this from Twyn-y-Gaer last night in the Brecon Beacons.

Credit: Matt Watkins

Elsewhere Matt Watkins from Pontypool was out and about capturing the show over Keeper's Pond at Blaenavon in this shot.

21:30hrs at Talacre Beach. Credit: Glenn Smethurst

Glenn Smethurst took this photograph at Talacre Beach, Flintshire.

Earthquake reported in Newbridge

The British Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake in Newbridge.

The British Geological Survey says the quake struck in Newbridge Credit: British Geological Survey

Their website reports the quake measured 1.4 in magnitude and occurred in the early hours of this morning at a depth of 2km.

It follows another small earthquake last week in Powys.


Boy falls 100ft off Snowdonia mountain summit

A general view looking towards the summit of Mount Snowdon Credit: PA

A seven-year-old boy plunged 100ft after his family became lost on one of the summits of Snowdon.

The young family was on 3,494ft Crib y Ddysgl yesterday when they ended up on broken and steep ground and the boy lost his footing.

Llanberis mountain rescue team called in a coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon and a paramedic was dropped to the casualty. The helicopter then flew four rescue team members to assist the paramedic and recover the rest of the family.

After initial treatment the boy was flown directly to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor where he was in a stable condition, a Llanberis team spokesman said.

Historic manor reopens after £1m restoration

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A £1 million conservation project at Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Nelson, which has been funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and Caerphilly County Borough Council has been completed.

The Manor's servants quarters in the attics are being opened up for the first time. The improvements are aimed at offering visitors a complete picture of the household in 1645.

The fortified Manor was built in 1530 for Dafydd ap Richard and is said to be one of the finest examples of its type.

Snowdonia pylons could be removed under new plans

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Snowdonia is one of four protected landscapes which are to be transformed by removing the electricity pylons and overhead lines that scar the view, under plans unveiled by National Grid.

Funding of £500 million will go to reducing the visual impact of stretches of high-voltage transmission lines in the national park and three other areas of England by replacing them with underground cables.

But the Brecon Beacons National Park was not prioritised for a share of the cash.

Reducing the visual impact of pylons and power lines in our most precious landscapes is highly desirable, but it is also very expensive and technically complex so we have had to make some difficult decisions.

Although four schemes have been prioritised, none of the locations on our original short list have been dropped and they will remain under consideration for future work to reduce the impact of National Grid's transmission lines under the vision impact provision project.

– Chris Baines, Environmentalist

Lottery cash boost for Wales' red squirrel population

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Parts of north and mid Wales are share a part of £1.2m lottery cash to preserve the native red squirrel across the UK.

Funding will go to support a four-year programme to secure the future of the native red, immortalised as "Squirrel Nutkin" by Beatrix Potter which has been driven out by the grey squirrel.

The project will involve culling grey squirrels to preserve existing areas which are free of the non-native species, for example on the island of Anglesey and in Kielder Forest, and protect conifer woodland habitat where red squirrels thrive and greys do not. It will extend existing red squirrel "protection zones" in mid-Wales and Merseyside and take a whole country approach to preserving the native reds in Northern Ireland.


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