Carboniferous fossil discoveries in England


This video is called The Carboniferous Period.

From Wildlife Extra:

Yorkshire‘s hidden fossil haven reveals an exotic past

A derelict mining tip in Doncaster has given up its 310-million-year-old secrets after a host of new fossils – including some fossilised plants and creatures that may even be new to science – were found. One of the most exciting finds was that of a fossilised shark egg case, hinting at Yorkshire’s more exotic history.

Also among the fossils were some horseshoe crabs and previously unrecorded seed pods, all of which were found in preserved rocks that formed within the coal and shale deposits in what is one of the few fossil locations of its kind left in the UK.

The tip, located in Edlington, southwest of Doncaster, has been identified as being the only tip in the borough where fossils could still potentially be collected. All others in the area have been landscaped, or turned into parks, leaving any fossils that may be lying beneath inaccessible.

Palaeontologist Dean Lomax, a visiting scientist at the University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, described what the fossils indicate Yorkshire might have been like hundreds of millions of years ago: “The fossils unlock a window into a long distant past, buried deep beneath residents’ feet. They are proof that parts of Yorkshire were once a tropical water-logged forest, teeming with life that may have looked something similar to today’s Amazon delta, a mix of dense forest, lakes, swamps and lagoons.

“The shark egg case is particularly rare and significant, because it’s soft bodied and an unusual object to find fossilised. We hope that future organised collecting of the site may reveal further rare discoveries, such as dragonflies, beetles, spiders and further evidence of vertebrates. And who knows, maybe we will even find the actual shark.”

It is hoped that further fossil specimens unearthed at the site will continue to be found. Speaking from Doncaster Heritage Services, Peter Robinson said: “We hope this important discovery will encourage ex-miners from the borough to bring forward and donate fossil specimens from the now defunct collieries, which were collected whilst extracting coal from the pit face. We have heard many stories of some of the wonderful fossils that have been found.”

The fossils are being safely stored at Doncaster Museum and have been integrated into the museum’s fossil collection.

Flamborough, England, rare marsh warbler nest


This video is about a marsh warbler singing in Sweden.

From the Flamborough Bird Observatory in England:

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Observatory is pleased to announce that a pair of Marsh Warblers took up territory in late May. The pair stayed and eventually were seen carrying food and extracting faecal sacs from a presumed nesting spot. Eventually at least one juvenile was seen to have fledged, although it was strongly suspected that there were more.

The site was vulnerable to disturbance and unable to be monitored. In consultation with RSPB staff the decision was made to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Marsh warblers are really rare in Britain.

When I was at Bempton Cliffs, not far from Flamborough head, on 5 July 2011, I was surprised to see a relative of the marsh marbler there: a sedge warbler. A lot more common in England than marsh warblers, but still surprising to see it near coastal cliffs, not in a marsh.

Roe deer lives saved by mirrors


This video is about a roe deer in Yorkshire in England.

Translated from daily Tubantia in the Netherlands:

Wildlife mirrors save lives of roe deer

July 21, 09:24

WINTERSWIJK – Putting more wildlife mirrors along the roads in the Achterhoek region has ensured that far fewer roe deer are killed by traffic.

35 deer

Last year “only” 35 deer died. “That’s about 20 percent lower than in other years,” said Jurgen Hejink, secretary of the Wildlife Management Unit (WBE) Winterswijk and surroundings.

Blue reflectors

Blue reflectors are placed by the game management units along several roads in the Achterhoek. Roe deer are scared of light rays of cars that are reflected by the blue reflectors. That keeps them from running on the roads.

English peace activists demonstrate against US spy base


This video from England is called Annual demonstration 4th July 2012, caab.org.uk.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Peace activists target Menwith Hill US spy base

Tuesday 1st July 2014

PEACE campaigners will target a United States spy base in Yorkshire this week to mark “Independence FROM America” day.

As hundreds of US staff inside the base celebrate Independence Day on Friday July 4, campaigners outside will be calling for the base’s closure.

Menwith Hill, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is an intelligence-gathering facility linked to spy satellites circling the globe.

It is run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), exposed by Edward Snowden for its domestic and international mass surveillance programmes.

Military, political and economic intelligence is fed back to the NSA’s headquarters in the US.

It played a role in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peace campaigners will rally outside the base between 5pm to 9pm.

Speakers include former MI5 agent Annie Machon, and US writer and activist David Swanson. Socialist folk singer Roy Bailey will perform.

The event is organised by the Campaign for Accountability of American Bases (CAAB).

Government needs to ‘come clean’ about extent of its knowledge of US activities on UK soil: here.

English birds and insects news


This video from Britain says about itself:

How Old Moor Nature Reserve in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, was opened to local communities and birdwatchers. The 250 acre natural moor is home to may bird species and helps to protect the local area from flooding.

From the Old Moor & Dearne Valley blog in England:

Stormy Monday – Old Moor sightings Monday 9th June

Karen W 10 Jun 2014 9:57 AM

There were thunderstorms but in between it was quite warm and sunny, here are the sightings from today.

Starting in the bird garden – stock dove, bullfinch (7), tree sparrow (7), great tit with young, dunnock, chaffinch and common blue damselfly.

The glossy ibis is still being reported from Houghton Washlands

Avocet and teal were seen on wader scrape.

From Wath Ings a male wigeon was seen.

A barn owl was seen hunting near to the reed bed screen this afternoon.

Reed bunting, reed warbler and blackcap were also from around the reserve.

Tree bumblebees are still being seen in the courtyard.

That’s it from the book but if you’ve seen anything else please let us know.