Over £1 billion investment secures future of Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust will be given over £1 billion of Government help to give it the best possible start Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. Read more on the British Waterways website…

 

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Climate Change Risk Assessment shows the UK needs to adapt

The UK is set to be amongst the best prepared nations for the implications of climate change following publication of a groundbreaking study into the threats the country faces. The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) highlights the top 100 challenges to the UK and our economy of a changing climate and provides the most compelling evidence yet of the need to increase our resilience. The research confirms the UK as a world-leader in understanding climate risk to ensure we can make robust plans to deal with these threats. Read more on the DeFRA website… 

Coastguards head inland for cliff rescue

Coastguard was contacted by Tayside Police and Montrose Fire and Rescue Service to request help in recovering a man who had gone into the water after his dog.
Forth Coastguard sent cliff rescue teams from Montrose and Stonehaven and they recovered the man from the waters edge up the cliff where he was checked over by ambulance crew. Fortunately he was cold but uninjured. The dog will require veterinary treatment but was recovered from the water. Forth Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“Don’t put yourself at risk by attempting a rescue. The water is especially cold at this time of the year which only adds to the dangers of going in after an animal or another person. Dog walkers should keep dogs on a lead near cliffs and deep water” Read more on the MCA website…

Public invited to ‘unlock’ iconic waterway role

The Canal & River Trust (CRT), the charity which takes over British Waterways’ responsibility for 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales in April 2012, is today (Monday 16 January) calling on local communities in across the country to get involved in a unique opportunity that will see them carry out an iconic role along their local canal – as a volunteer lock keeper. Read more on the British Waterways website…

Don’t Jump In – Whatever the circumstances

A dog walk nearly ended in a double tragedy today when an owner jumped into rough seas in an attempt to rescue his six month old puppy. It’s believed that the six month-old Springer Spaniel puppy jumped over the sea wall at Dawlish. The owner then tried to rescue the puppy by jumping after it into the water. Luckily a quick thinking member of the public threw a life ring to the owner who was then pulled out of water. Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager Matt Thornhill said:
Were reading wind speeds of Force 6 –7 and so the sea is very rough. At this time of year the sea is also very cold so it’s a really bad idea to try and rescue a dog from the water yourself. If you do attempt a rescue there is a chance that you will be swept out to sea or get overwhelmed by the cold, rough seas.

Don’t jump in, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Read more on the MCA website…

Deadline moved for MCZ implementation

The proposed delay in Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) has been called into question. Parliament Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP has announced that the implementation of MCZs – dedicated marine conservation sites around the UK coastline – has been delayed until 2013. The decision behind the delay has been based on what DeFRA states to be ‘limitations in the evidence supporting the MCZ recommendations.’ It means that the public consultation will continue to the end of 2012. Read more on the BSAC website…