The Daily:Turtle Doves on the Decrease
Friday, 07 December 2012

The Daily: December 7

Written by Lilly Cox
Turtle Doves on the Decrease
With just 14,000 turtle doves left in Britain, the last five years have seen their numbers plummet by up to two thirds. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has said that the population is 'balancing on a knife edge'. It is not only the turtle dove that is in danger; the charity has also said that the grey partridge is under threat. Spokesmen within the charity have deemed 'extinction a real possibility' and have stated, 'losing six out of ten turtle doves and three out of ten grey partridges in five years is nothing short of an unsustainable wildlife disaster.' The RSPB has launched a three year program entitled, 'Operation Turtle Dove', in attempt to stabilise its numbers.

BBC finishes Radio Times Archive
The BBC has been digitalising old copies of the Radio Times in order to identify shows missing from their own archive. The project, known as Gerome, has now been completed and the BBC has successfully digitised the programme listings from old copies of the Radio Times. The magazine has been running since 1923, and researchers had to scan almost 4,500 copies of the magazine to obtain the relevant information. It is believed that the archive has identified almost five million programmes and contributors previously missing from their records.

Crofthouse to be moved to Folk Museum
Mr and Mrs Hay have donated their crofthouse, located in Lochangully, Carrbridge, to the Newton more's Folk Museum , almost 22 miles away. The house that was built in the 1920s, will be used to exhibit how a 1950s crofthouse would have looked. It is a huge task to undertake with the house having to be dismantled and then rebuilt in the museum. The project would have been impossible were it not for the grants of £80,485 they have received to complete the work. It is thought that the house will be ready for the viewing public by early 2014.

Church Art sells for £1 Million
St Michael and All Angel's Church in Withyham, East Sussex got a an early Christmas present this year, when four of their paintings sold at Sotherby's in London for £950,000. The true value of the paintings was discovered in the 1990s, during cleaning, when it became apparent that they were works by the Italian Niccolo di Pietro Gerini dating from the 1390s. They went on loan to Leeds Castle after it became apparent that the Church did not have the security or the correct conditions to look after the paintings, and stayed there until auction.

Oldest and Biggest Trees on the Brink
Some of the trees at risk include the Mountain Ash in Australia, the pine trees in America, California redwoods and baobabs in Tanzania. Of course, in some areas the decrease is due to forest fires but scientists are also seeing new trends emerge due to climate change and 'rampant logging'. Not only are the trees beautiful, but they are an essential part of the ecosystem - providing homes for wildlife, carbon stores and the ability to recycle soil nutrients. Research is currently being carried out by American and Australian universities to ascertain what can be done to prevent this future trend.



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