CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE SEFTON’S RED SQUIRRELS
THE fight to save Sefton’s red
squirrels was given a further boost recently when 60 local
enthusiasts came together with leading academics and practitioners
to plan a campaign of action for the coming years.
The event, on 18 July 2009, was chaired by the National Trust’s
Andrew Brockbank and hosted by St. Michael’s High School in Crosby.
St. Michael’s were awarded ‘Champion School’ status at the event in
recognition of their commitment to red squirrel conservation work in
the area. Sally Orritt from Save our Squirrels presented the
certificate to Trisha Tarpey, the lead teacher for the project at
St. Michael’s. Sally said:- "It’s fantastic that St. Michael’s
are able to collapse their timetable to run focus project weeks. Our
work together is really going to give children opportunities to
think, learn and take their own ideas forward." Trisha
Tarpey spoke of how the curriculum and children’s learning is
enriched from hands-on squirrel activities and themes, both inside
and outside of school.
The day was organised by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the national
Save Our Squirrels campaign and the National Trust, and marked the
formal launch of the new partnership, funded by the Prince of
Wales’s charity the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, which aims to
prevent any further outbreaks of the squirrelpox disease which has
severely depleted local red squirrel populations.
Representing RSST, Craig Shuttleworth drew upon the success of his
work in removing grey squirrels from Anglesey and the island’s
successful recolonisation by red squirrels to argue that grey
squirrel control is essential if reds are to survive. He applauded
the new Merseyside initiative, describing it as “the flagship
project for the rest of the country”, stressing the
importance of the involvement of the local community.
Julian Chantrey, a veterinary pathologist at Liverpool University
who has been carrying out post-mortems on Sefton’s red squirrels for
many years, outlined his research on the squirrelpox virus and how
it is spread from grey to red squirrels. He stressed that although
this was an uncommon event, once inside the red squirrel population
the disease spreads rapidly with catastrophic results. He announced
that the University, together with the National Trust, is about to
embark on a four year research project into the spread of the
disease in Sefton.
David Everest from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge
presented the results of his research into adenovirus, another red
squirrel disease, but emphasised that squirrelpox remains the main
Fiona Whitfield of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust placed the
Merseyside campaign in the national context, summarising the recent
review of the national red squirrel conservation strategy. This
review has proposed various options for increasing efforts to
control the spread of grey squirrels in the north of England. She
emphasised the importance of public input in choosing the best way
Following the event Jean and Alan Toms, long standing local
volunteers, sent this note of thanks:- "We were both wondering
before the event, "Where do we go from here?" but now the way
forward is clear, it was good to learn that the monitoring makes a
valuable contribution to the bigger picture. Good too to hear of the
work in schools - we have always said that if, as a result, only one
child per class is enthused for the long term then it is
So, the day’s events served to reassure everyone that Sefton’s red
squirrels can be brought back from the brink and to renew enthusiasm
for the continuing partnership between members of the public,
conservation organisations and researchers.
“Peel Leisure Appoint General Manager of Their Hampton by Hilton
Hotel at Liverpool John Lennon Airport”
PEEL Leisure has appointed Teresa
Hatton to run its Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Liverpool John Lennon
Teresa joins Peel Leisure from morethanhotels where she was
Operations Director. She brings with her 13 years industry
experience having also worked for Bass Hotels and Forte.
The new Hampton by Hilton Hotel is situated opposite the terminal
building and is due to open in autumn of this year. Delivering a
level of service and comfort that is unparalleled in the economy
hotels market sector the hotel has 160 air conditioned guest rooms
with facilities including complimentary high-speed internet access
and pay movies.
All room rates include a complimentary On the House™ hot buffet
breakfast and guests have free use of the hotel’s gym.
The hotel is equipped to host small meetings for up to 30 delegates
in its three naturally-lit meeting rooms and there is ample on-site
Teresa Hatton, General Manager of the Hampton by Hilton at Liverpool
John Lennon Airport said:- “I am delighted to be opening this
Hampton by Hilton and developing this new brand in the United
Kingdom. It is also good to give a boost to the local economy by
providing 50 new jobs.”
Peter de la Perrelle, Director of Peel Leisure said:- “I am
delighted to welcome Teresa to the Peel team. She brings a wealth of
operational experience gained from all sectors within the industry
and she joins us at an exciting time as we open only the second
Hampton by Hilton in the UK. This hotel will be Peel Leisure’s
second airport hotel, following on from the successful opening of
the Ramada Encore at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield in
autumn last year.”
SERIOUS ASSAULT ON BRECK
ROAD, ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are
investigating following a serious assault on Breck Road, Anfield in
the early hours of Friday, 24 July 2009.
Officers were called at around 12.15am to reports of an assault. A
23 year old man and 24 year old female passenger were travelling in
blue Jeep Cherokee on Breck Road towards the city centre. At the
junction of Belmont Road and Oakfield Road, the driver of the Jeep
was assaulted by around seven men who were thought to be travelling
in two separate cars, a Mondeo and Subaru.
The man has been taken to hospital where his condition is described
At this early stage of the investigation, officers believe this to
be a targeted attack but the motive is still unclear.
Officers have since recovered all three cars that are believed to be
involved in the incident. All are being forensically examined.
Officers have stepped up patrols in the area and house to house
enquiries are on-going. CCTV opportunities are also being sought.
Anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information is
asked to contact St Annes Street CID on 0151 777 4064 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.