Council Officers Will Put a Contract Out to Tender for Testing Water in their Buildings for Legionella

legionella issues The IRED committee had to agree the plan instead of the usual tendering committee because the current contract will run out in the summer. Bosses wanted to make sure the new contract was in place so the work could transition smoothly.

East Dunbartonshire Council will share the legal requirement for testing water quality and taking reasonable steps to prevent legionella from occurring.

How Cities are Becoming Rat-Free Zones

rats problems worsen“If it weren’t for rats, I wouldn’t have had a job,” says Phil Merrill, head of the rat control programme in the Canadian province of Alberta. “I don’t like them, but I don’t hate them. I respect them. They’re adaptable little critters. And they’re challenging.”

In many ways brown rats, also known as Norway rats, are remarkable. They are fantastically prolific breeders, with quick gestation periods and big litters of babies. They eat almost anything – domestic rubbish, rotting meat, grain – and live everywhere people live. They can chew through metal, swim long distances, survive 50ft (15m) falls, emerge from your toilet and, it turns out, feel empathy.

For more on this news story, head over to the BBC.

Hawks to Swoop in to Tackle Town’s Pigeon Problem

hawk attacks pigeonA scheme to fly falcons and a hawk over Mere Street in Diss looks set to begin later this summer after being given the go-ahead by local councils.

The idea was first suggested to Diss Town Council two years ago by pest specialists Dealey Bird Control, based in Bardwell, and traders were consulted.

Pigeons are a long running problem in the town particularly at the Mere Mouth and on surrounding buildings in the main shopping throughfare Mere Street.

EDP24 covers the full story.

Wild Bees Have Been Found Building Nests Entirely Out of Plastic Waste

bees making nests out of plasticIn the crop fields of Argentina, bees have been building nests for their young out of some strange materials. For the first time, scientists have found bee nests made entirely out of plastic waste.

A lot of plastic in the form of packaging comes into farms, and often makes its way into the landscape. The world is changing, and wildlife is having to adapt – but whether they can adapt fast enough to keep up with human impact is still up for debate.

Researchers from Argentina’s National Agricultural Technology Institute discovered the plastic nests as part of their research into chicory pollinators.

This is a startling discovery, you can find out more over at Science Alert.

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