Needed As Squirrel Pox Returns
THE Lancashire Wildlife
Trust is urging the public to be vigilant after the deadly Squirrel
Pox virus returned to the Red squirrel stronghold on the
Our Red Squirrel conservation experts have made the call after the
body of a Red Squirrel was found on Mossgiel Avenue in Ainsdale,
Merseyside. Expert analysis carried out at the University of
Liverpool has confirmed that the animal had died of Squirrel Pox
The discovery is a blow to efforts to help the population of red
squirrels in Ainsdale and Formby recover after it was ravaged by the
pox virus 3 years ago.
Our Conservation Officer for North Merseyside, Fiona Whitfield
said:- “This is the first case in 18 months and we’re
particularly concerned because it is very close to where the first
outbreak occurred. Our Red Squirrel population had started to
recover from the 2 devastating outbreaks in 2006 and 2008 and we
were feeling positive about their future, so this finding is a
setback. We have had two more reports of sick squirrels and we want
people to report any more sightings to us so we can act quickly to
contain this. We urge the public to report any sightings of sick or
dead red squirrels or any grey squirrel in that area to
firstname.lastname@example.org or text or ring 07590 745862.”
Grey squirrels, which are immune to the virus, pass on the pox to
reds, with usually fatal consequences for the red squirrel; the
symptoms include lethargy, poor condition and ulcers and lesions
around the eyes, mouth and nose.
The last bout of Squirrel Pox decimated the population which
has clung on in the woods and gardens behind the sand dunes in the
area – numbers crashed by 90%. But the squirrels have since staged a
remarkable recovery. Densities of reds look set to approach their
pre-epidemic values within the next year or so, and there have been
reports of Reds spreading into the surrounding woods and
countryside. The last thing the Trust wants is to see all that
undone by another outbreak.
Members of the public can also aid Red Squirrels’ fortunes by
helping the 'Merseyside Red Squirrel Survivors Project',
a partnership between the University of Liverpool, the Lancashire
Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.
The project could yield vital information in ensuring the survival
of red squirrels not just at Sefton, but nationally. Vet Tim Dale
and his team are taking blood samples from captured red and grey
squirrels and microchipping them.
Tim said:- “The samples are
analysed for the presence of antibodies and virus DNA. Common
factors that are associated with disease can then be identified and
help contribute to a preventative control programme to stop such an
epidemic occurring in red squirrels again.”
In these early stages of a disease outbreak it is vitally important
to know the distribution of Red Squirrels in the Ainsdale
residential area allowing potential hotspots of disease to be
identified. Residents of Ainsdale and Formby can help by contacting
us with the number of squirrels usually seen in their garden on a
3 day community
fête for Liverpool Cathedral
Cathedral are holding a 3 day traditional community fête this
September. Craft stalls and exhibitions, face painting and donkey
rides are just a few of the attractions on offer, with more to be
The fête will take place between 16 September to 18 September 2011,
the same weekend as the Hope Street feast. It will also feature the
return of the Hornby Railway and Model exhibition (small entrance
charge applies to exhibition).
Visitors will also be able to view all of the photographs entered
for this year’s Cathedral Photography competition and select a
People’s Choice alongside the Judges’ decision, and watch daredevils
take part in the annual abseil over the front doors on the Friday
All proceeds from the fête will go to the Cathedral Foundation,
which helps keep the Cathedral free to visitors. Projects for the
future also include an expansion of the Education department, the
growing of a £2million Endowment Fund for the Girl’s Voices,
addressing carbon footprint and energy efficiency in order to create
a ‘green’ Cathedral and developing the Welsford Porch
into a unique space that will help the Cathedral achieve
Organisers are currently looking for people to exhibit arts and
crafts and to offer items for a nearly new stall.
Rebecca Bentham, Fundraising Manager for Liverpool Cathedral said:-
“The emphasis really is on community when it comes to the 2011
Cathedral Fête. It is the first time we have run something so big
over three days and we are sure that the community will come along
and support us. We have a traditional theme with a few modern
twists, so there really is something for everybody.”
For more information visit:-
ROARY THE RACING
CAR LAUNCHES NEW HIGH OCTANE STAGE SHOW IN LIVERPOOL!
Popular British comic Peter Kay is set to appear as the voice of his
alter ego, Big Chris, in the new stage show adaptation of the hit
pre-school TV series, Roary the Racing Car, zooming into the
Liverpool Empire on Monday, 8 August 2011.
The live production, Champion of Champions, which will tour across
the UK in over 90 theatres until November 2011, also stars racing
legend, Sir Stirling Moss as the narrator, and the veteran voice of
motorsport, Murray Walker, as the Silver Hatch commentator!
Murray Walker comments:- "This is the first time that a number
of characters from the programme will make a public appearance. I am
delighted to be part of this new stage show, Champion of Champions.
It is a lot of fun for all the family – anything can happen in Roary
the Racing Car, and it usually does!"
Roary is all set to battle it out with Maxi, Cici, and all the other
cars to win the race and lift the trophy! Farmer Green has created
some brand new bio fuel to make sure this race is the fastest and
greenest ever... however, Flash has his eyes on that fuel for his
skateboard and Big Chris (voiced by Peter Kay) seems more interested
in baking a pizza and eating doughnuts than on preparing the cars
for the race.
Luckily, Marsha Marshall is on hand to make sure that everyone will
be ready at the track, but who will win the race and be crowned the
champion? Race down to the Liverpool Empire to find out.
Roary the Racing Car has taken the chequered flag since its launch
in 2007 on Five’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr. Not only does the hit
series introduce motor sports to a pre-school audience for the first
time, but through Roary’s example children can learn the importance
of friendship, team work, problem solving and road safety.
For more information on Champion of Champions, please go to:-
ANNIVERSARY APPEAL - LUCY HARGREAVES MURDER
3 August 2011 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Lucy
Hargreaves and Merseyside Police is continuing to appeal for
information about her death.
Lucy would have celebrated her 28th birthday this year - instead
Lucy was shot dead at her home in Walton 6 years ago. Merseyside
Police remains steadfast in its determination to bring Lucy
Hargreaves' killers to justice. Lucy was a young mum who had
everything to live for and was innocent of any crime. In the
early hours of 3 August 2005, 3 men burst into her home on Lambourne
Road, Walton, they shot Lucy, as she lay on the sofa downstairs.
Lucy's partner Gary and their 2 year old daughter were sleep
upstairs. Even as a toddler was heard crying upstairs, the offenders
poured petrol around the living room and hallway and set fire to the
house. Detectives believe the offenders would have been in no doubt
they were killing a young woman. Their callous actions would have
claimed the lives of 2 more people that night had Gary not escaped
the flames by jumping, with his daughter in his arms, from an
Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey said:- "6 years on and
we are determined as ever to find justice for Lucy and her family.
Lucy was an innocent victim and her death has not only robbed her 3
children of a mother, but also her parents of a loving daughter. We
believe that someone, somewhere knows what has happened to Lucy and
I hope that the passing of time will enable people to search their
consciences and find the courage to come forward. We understand that
people are sometimes reluctant to come forward in the aftermath of
such a serious crime, but I'd like to reassure them that there are
special measures that can be put in place to protect witnesses in
serious cases such as this. It's never too late, any information we
are given will be acted upon."
Anyone with information in relation to the death of Lucy Hargreaves
is asked to call:- 0151 777 8617 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:-
0800 555 111.
Kevin Thomas Parle - There whereabouts of Kevin Thomas Parle, now 31
years old, are still sought in connection with the murder of Lucy
Hargreaves as well as that of Liam Kelly. Parle is described as
white, 6ft 5in tall with a broad build. He has blue eyes, cropped
ginger hair and a 1"scar on the left side of his head. It's possible
that Mr Parle is living abroad (Spain) and there are 2 European
arrest warrants out for arrest. 16 year old Liam Kelly was murdered
in the early hours of 19 June 2004 on Grafton Street, Dingle. As he
got out of his car he was approached by 2 men who were armed with a
gun. Liam attempted to run away, but was shot as he tried to get
into a nearby house. He died as a result of his injuries.