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Rats threaten Scilly Isles birds

Birds on two islands on the Isles of Scilly are in danger of being wiped out by rats.

The rats came to the islands from shipwrecks - and now a team of experts in pest control are spending the winter on the islands to try to wipe out the rodents.

Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy and cameraman Kevin Blanks spent a day with the team.

£8m investment for St Mary's and Penzance harbours

Plans to improve the harbours that connect Cornwall with the Isles of Scilly have been given the green light from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

The Minister announced work at St Mary’s and Penzance harbours can go ahead, subject to final clearances and securing European funding.

The work involves dredging at Penzance and pier widening and improved freight handling facilities at St Mary’s.

We are putting at least £8 million into this scheme which shows that the Coalition Government is serious about protecting the livelihood of the Isles of Scilly.

Improved terminal buildings will provide better conditions for passengers. Changes to the harbours themselves will ensure new vessels can still access the port protecting this route for use by residents, freight and holiday makers.

– Norman Baker MP, Local Transport Minister
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