Frog Spawn Croak As Spring Turned A Tad Polar?
THIS year’s spring started out
early, but as quick as it came it changed back to chilly weather.
With nearly 2,000 frog spawn sites frozen in a week, has the first
of this year’s frog spawn been frozen as the weather conditions
turned arctic, asks the Woodland Trust?
For those tadpoles
that survived or missed the freeze, there may be worse news ahead as
the droughts predicted for later this year could further devastate
the population. This will not just affect the frogs, but also Sefton
Sand Dunes population of Natterjack Toads! The warning comes as
already diminished numbers of frog spawn sightings have been
reported, compared with this time in last year’s Springwatch Survey
that has been conducted by and run by the BBC in association with
the Woodland Trust.
The first frog spawn reports have been appearing in reduced numbers
all over the south west of England, due to the cold winter. As well
as the initial devastation, the arctic start to March could also
delay frog and toad spawning for the rest of the country.
Jill Attenborough from the Woodland Trust says:- “We need more
people to tell us when they first see some frog spawn this year. You
can tell us through the web at www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch or by
postcard or even by just texting “spring
frogspawn” to 63399 so that our computers can log the time
and rough location of your sighting.”
1• Frogs can leap over twenty times their body length.
2• Frogs drink and breathe through their skin.
3• The earliest frogs appeared over 190 million years ago in the
4• Frogs can mate under ice.
5• A frog's tongue is attached to its lower lip and lies backwards
down its throat. It can be whipped out in an instant and has a
sticky end to catch prey.
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WORLD WAR 1 SOLDIERS’ DEATH RECORDS FOR LIVERPOOL ONLINE
OVER 11000 soldiers, born in
Liverpool, died in WWI (World War One). Now a new searchable index
www.1837online.com, the UK’s
leading family history website, has made it possible to search for
those born in Liverpool who died in the Great War and discover
online a soldier’s, place of residence and where they enlisted.
Other details, such as regiment and army number, date of death, and
theatre of war allow you to follow up the story of the soldier’s
last days, in war diaries and trench maps.
The indexes should be able to help anyone looking for a relative who
died whilst serving for the British army in WWI. From the cause of
death as specified by the regiment, more than two thirds (66%) of
soldiers were described as ‘killed in action’, with a further
21% as ‘died from wounds’ and 13% registering as simply
‘died’, usually due to illness or an accident.
The online records detail a number of regiments into which many
Liverpudlians would have enlisted, such as the King’s Liverpool
Regiment and the Prince of Wales’ Volunteers South Lancashire
Regiment. It also includes every rank from soldiers to officers as
well as listing support staff, such as doctors and cooks, to the
more unusual roles of ‘nags men’, tailors and musicians.
Although these men usually enlisted as non-fighting men, they
sometimes became stretcher-bearers, facing the brutalities of the
Elaine Collins, Business Development Manager, 1837online.com says:-
“So many families from Liverpool lost relatives in WWI and
many might well wonder what happened to their ancestors. Placing
these records online is a great boon for the many people searching
for a relative who died in the Great War. They can now see where
their ancestor enlisted and which regiment they joined which means
they can now pinpoint exactly where the battalion was fighting on
the day their ancestor died.”
It wasn’t just the frontline troops that were killed during the war.
37,000 officers were also killed, including the two most senior
officers in the armed forces, Field Marshall Lord Kitchener, who
effectively led the war campaign, and Field Marshall Frederick
STATE OF THE CITIES… THE
NORTHERN WAY RESPONSE
THE Northern Way, on 7 March 06,
welcomed the independent report commissioned by Government, the
State of the English Cities, which reinforces its case that the
cities and city regions will be central to advancing economic growth
in the North.
The report notes that whilst our northern cities are doing better
than in previous years, there is still a long way to go for them to
achieve their full potential. It therefore recommends that
Government increases its support, across all departments, for
developing a truly urban focus to economic development.
The Northern Way has been in the forefront in recognising cities and
city regions will be the fundamental in transforming the North’s
Commenting on the report, new Chairman Neville Chamberlain CBE,
said:- “We welcome this report. In not only appreciating the
momentum gained and the early wins secured by The Northern Way but
it also supports our case that all Government departments should
have an urban and a northern specific approach. These are exciting
times for cities and city regions and The Northern Way is delighted
to be leading the way.
We are doing things differently in the North, but it is also vital
that the Northern Way has the full support of all Government
departments, in addition to that already gained within the Office of
the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Treasury and the Department of
Trade & Industry, aligning what they spend and how they spend it in
the North to maximise our continued economic growth. Specifically,
this is about setting the right conditions for private sector
Vince Taylor, Director of Implementation, added:- “Successful
cities and city regions will drive the continued revival of the
North’s economy. This report defines successful cities as being
those that bring together social cohesion, quality of life and
This echoes what we have set out in our Growth Strategy and Business
Plan that the North’s eight city regions, working together, will be
fundamental in accelerating growth in the North. We have led the
field in terms of the cities and city region agenda - but in order
for them to continue to move forwards successfully we need national
policies that have been adapted to reflect the North’s specific