Traffic Advisory Guysborough County

first_imgGUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway, will have a one-lane closure from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Speed will be reduced to 60 km/h through the detour area. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 902-863-7482 -30-last_img

Ladybird spider among 80 animals at risk of extinction

Tansy beetle on barbed wireCredit:Jonathan Proud / Alamy Stock Photo Tansy beetle on barbed wire Woodcocks are on the RSPB's Red List Ladybird spiders and puffins are among 80 animals at risk of extinction identified by conservation charities after Government biodiversity spending was cut almost in half in three years.The RSPB and Buglife have criticised Defra after the funding for the department as a whole was increased by 11 per cent but biodiversity investment was slashed.The charities have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “save our most iconic and most loved species from extinction” by putting more funding into saving their habitats.A Treasury document has revealed that funding to protect UK species has declined every year, going from 598m in the 2015-16 financial year to 338m in 2018-19.Buglife has identified eleven insects which are at direct risk of dying out if habitat situations do not improve. If these bugs die out, their predators such as birds and small mammals will be impacted and may also become at risk.Most of the birds on the RSPB’s Red List, which includes turtle doves, merlins, woodcocks, house sparrows and puffins, are under threat because of the reduction of their habitats and a lessening of their food sources. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Woodcocks are on the RSPB’s Red List Martin Harper, Director of Conservation for the RSPB Said: “Our natural world is precious and our own prosperity is dependent on a healthy environment.“Yet, we continue to exploit it rather than nurture it.  That is why we face a climate and ecological emergency. It is also why it is wrong that Defra funding continues to decline in real terms.“There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it pays to invest in nature which is why we call on the new Prime Minister to back up political commitments to restore nature in a generation with new laws and adequate funding.  Promises on paper will not save our iconic and most loved species from extinction if they are not followed up with urgent action.” Paul Hetherington, the director of fundraising and communcations at insect charity Buglife said: “Buglife are deeply concerned about the cuts to biodiversity funding and feel the key issue is to reinstate connectivity for nature projects such as B-Lines. Another consequence of the cut backs is a lack of protection and care for designated sites such as SSSIs which are in many cases being lost or degraded.”Insects identified as being under threat include the ladybird spider, shrill carder bee, horrid ground-weaver spider, Fonseca’s seed-fly, Freshwater pearl mussels, the white-claw crayfish and the tansy beetle.Springwatch presenter Chris Packham said: “Its cruelly ironic that as our species and habitats decline at an ever increasing rate so does the funding available to protect them . Given the monies that DEFRA does have available its shameful that more draconian cuts have been made to protecting biodiversity.” It betrays a wilful failure to prioritise a secure environmental future over short term human needs and indicates that even now , when the writing is written boldly on the wall in terms of our own peril , that they still are not properly prioritising the wildlife and habitats which we ultimately depend upon . History will not look favourably at this decision , nor those who have made it.”A Defra spokesperson said: “Our ground-breaking 25 Year Environment Plan sets ambitious goals for nature and biodiversity in England to improve our precious environment, our reforms will reward farmers for conserving and restoring habitats and new planning rules will mean newdevelopments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity.“Furthermore, we are now funding projects across the country to turn the tide and restore lost landscapes, promote biodiversity and create habitats for our wildlife to thrive – part of our commitment to protect and improve our natural environment for future generations.” read more