Via the Daily Post:
Business park provides unusual home for endangered species
THE water vole, one of Britainâ€™s most endangered species, is to be given a new home at a â€œgreenâ€ business park which is being created in Liverpool.
A team of conservation experts plan to release 25 water voles into Stonebridge Park, a business park with office and light industrial space created by Liverpool Land Development Company in Gillmoss.
The business park incorporates lakes and watercourses linked to the River Alt and its Sugarbrook tributary, making it an ideal ecological habitat for the water vole.
Having been bred and reared in a secure environment within the confines of Chester Zoo, the water voles will be transported in individual cages to Stonebridge, and released at regular intervals into the special man-made burrows along the parkâ€™s central waterway.
The burrows will provide temporary accommodation while the voles familiarise themselves with life in the wild. The conservation team expects the voles to build their own burrows once they are settled, and believes the young mammals will have all the skills to thrive in the wild.
Another via the Post:
Weâ€™ll fight â€˜recyclingâ€™ ministerâ€™s threats
THE Government has warned it could take direct control of bin collections in Merseyside â€“ because the regionâ€™s recycling rates are among the lowest in the country.
Ministers are determined to drive up recycling rates, reducing the amount of waste which goes to landfill. But they are concerned at the stubbornly low recycling rates in parts of Merseyside, not least in Liverpool, where council leaders have refused point blank to intro-duce fortnightly bin collections.
The alternate collections are seen by the Government as a good way of forcing people to recycle â€“ because non-recyclable waste is only emptied every other week.
City councillors have insisted they have no intention of following other areas into the fortnightly collections, and the opposition Labour group in Liverpool did an abrupt U-turn on the idea prior to the recent local elections.
Some councils in the country now have recycling rates as high as 50.4%, while the national average is just above 20%.
But the figures in Merseyside are much lower, with Liverpool recording one of the lowest rated with 7.6%.