Archive for May, 2011

Diplodus bream population in Guernsey waters

May 31st, 2011 by Richard Lord

Martyn Vinning, Manager at Phoenix Fish in St Peter Port, received an unusual bream, which he brought to my attention on the morning of 31 May 2011.  He thought it might be a white bream, Diplodus sargus.  The bream had been caught by Nick Vining netting off Ladies Bay on the north coast of Guernsey on the evening of Sunday 29 May.

Dave Foxen had videoed a school of what appears to be juvenile white bream, Diplodus sargus in Grand Havre bay on 21 October 2007, and Andy Marquis had seen shoals of small white bream in July 2009 at the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth II marina in Belle Greve Bay on Guernsey’s east coast. Andy caught the first record of a white bream in Guernsey waters on 19 July 2009.

White bream have been in Jersey waters since at least 2004, but have only recently been caught in Guernsey waters although they had been sighted over a period of several years before then.

Probably a two-banded bream, Diplodus vulgaris, caught by Nick Vining on the night of 29 May 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Nick Vining’s bream had a total weight of 428 grams, a total length of 29.1 cm, a fork length of 25.2 cm, and a standard length of 22.2 cm. Continue reading

New allotments available in St Martin in Guernsey

May 30th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Troy Waterman has made available ten new allotments of 35 square metres each bordering Rue des Grons in St. Martin.

Each allotment can be rented for £120.00 per year.

Each allotment is one metre apart from the next.  The allotments can be reached along a grass verge.

An elevated view of the land available for allotments off Rue des Grons in St Martin (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The land lies in an east to west orientation and receives the summer sun all day long. Continue reading

Guernsey bicyclists flock to the Rock to Rocque bike ride in aid of Les Bourgs Hospice

May 29th, 2011 by Richard Lord

The fine mist on a dull Sunday morning didn’t deter a large turn out for the Rock to Rocque bicycle circumnavigation of Guernsey to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice.

The North Beach registration tent was busy for the start of Les Bourgs Hospice Rock to Rocque bicycle ride (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Open Garden in Forest parish on 5 June 2011

May 28th, 2011 by Events

Tattie and Don Thompson are opening their garden to visitors on 5 June 2011.  The event in aid of  Forest Parish Church and The Forest Floral Group takes place from 2 to 5 pm at Forest Lodge, Rue de Monts, Forest (Perry’s Guide 29 E3).  There is a £2.50 entry fee.  There will be tea, cake and a plant stall.

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The above flyer containing all the information for the event can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF file.


UNEP report finds that metal recycling rates need to improve to support growth in clean technologies

May 27th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

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According to the United Nations Environment Programme, recycling rates of metals are in many cases far lower than their potential.

Less than one-third of some 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent recycling, yet many of them are crucial to clean technologies such as batteries for hybrid cars to the magnets in wind turbines, says the study. Continue reading

Steps towards a low-carbon future

May 26th, 2011 by Vince Cable

Below are excerpts of a speech, “Steps towards a low-carbon future” given by Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in Liverpool on 26 May 2011.


The challenge of creating a low-carbon future is a pressing one, yet the thinking and analysis behind it are not new.

I have never been persuaded by the pessimistic Malthusian view of resource constraints, which technological innovation has repeatedly confounded – especially in agriculture – as has the flexibility of markets.

It was, in fact, a variant on the Malthusian question that inspired the Brundtland Report, which I helped to write for the United Nations in 1986 and 1987.

It launched the idea of sustainable development, and said that “choosing an energy strategy inevitably means choosing an environmental strategy.” Continue reading

RenewableUK enthusiastically endorses creation of an Offshore Renewable Energy Technology and Innovation Centre

May 26th, 2011 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the country’s leading wind and marine energy trade association, has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement of a competition to create an Offshore Renewable Energy Technology and Innovation Centre.

The Centre will focus on developing technologies for offshore wind, wave and tidal power. Continue reading

Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, announces major investment in green technology

May 26th, 2011 by UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills,  announced on 26 May 2011 the start of a competition to form an Offshore Renewable Energy technology and innovation centre.

The new centre will focus on technologies for offshore wind, wave and tidal power.

The UK Government has committed more than £200 million over the next four years to establish an elite network of at least six technology and innovation centres. The centres allow businesses to access equipment and expertise to help them commercialise new and emerging technology – and will help them capture a share of the global market. Continue reading

Molecular Solar Ltd to develop low cost and recyclable organic photovoltaic technology

May 26th, 2011 by University of Warwick

Molecular Solar Ltd. a spinout company from the University of Warwick , announced on 25 May 2011 a plan to raise a further £5 million in investment to create its own bespoke technology facility to help bring its technology to the market place. The plan builds on the company’s recent success in gaining venture capital, and in joining a £2.1 million research programme.

The company has developed a range of new technologies that places them in a unique position to exploit organic solar cells for a range of novel energy saving applications. Continue reading

Paul Veron, Chief Policy Analyst of the States of Guernsey Policy Council to speak at May’s Tree Wardens’ lunch

May 25th, 2011 by Events

The Guernsey Tree Wardens lunch will be held on Tuesday 31 May beginning at 12:45 pm at the Guernsey Yacht Club.

The Tree Wardens are delighted that Paul Veron, Chief Policy Analyst with the States of Guernsey Policy Council, has agreed to be the guest speaker.

As part of the States Strategic Plan, Paul will discuss the Environmental Policy Plan and how it integrates with the Social Plan and the Fiscal and Economic Policy Plan. Continue reading