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Lundy Island becomes first marine conservation zone in England

National Trust Lundy island, Devon

The waters around Lundy Island today became the first marine conservation zone in England as part of a project to create a network of protected areas. The Guardian

Lundy is the largest island in the Bristol Channel, and lies 19 km off the coast of Devon. The number of puffins on the island which may have given the island its name, declined in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with the 2005 breeding population estimated to be only two or three pairs, as a consequence of depredations by brown and black rats (Rattus rattus) (which have now been eliminated) and possibly also as a result of commercial fishing for sand eels, the puffins’ principal prey. Since 2005, the breeding numbers have been slowly increasing. Adults were seen taking fish into four burrows in 2007, and six burrows in 2008. More on Wikipedia

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Lundy photos

Lundy Island: The Devil's Slide, a natural plane in the granite

There’s a rather nice slideshow of the Lundy over at the Guardian here. The island, which is sometimes called ‘Britain’s Galapagos’, lies 10 miles off the coast of north Devon. Every spring and autumn, the island provides sanctuary for thousands of migrating birds. Beneath the sea, and the reefs are home to cup corals and pink sea fans, with grey seals very common and basking sharks visiting in the summer

Piranha found in English river

According to the Environment Agency, a dead piranha has been found in the River Torridge in Devon.  Nothing to panic about though. The EA said that the piranha had probably been placed in the river once the fish became too large for its tank and died because it could not tolerate the low temperatures. The Daily Telegraph