Eddy's Good News: Invasive mammal eradication's and how Golden brought back the gold
13 Feb 2024, 14:20
Every day during his show on Virgin Radio Anthems, Eddy Temple-Morris brings you Good News stories from around the world, to help inject a bit of positivity into your day!
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Tuesday 13th February 2023
Credit: Lord Howe Island – David Stanley CC 3.0. Wikimedia commons
If you’re a big ‘Twitcher’ - that’s a bird fan - then maybe you’ll have heard that Peruvian diving petrels have four active natural nests on Chañaral Island, Chile, after a dedicated conservation group cleared the island of a deadly invasive species. Sound familiar?
Maybe that’s because you heard my good news stories over the past few years, about islands in the Caribbean, or down under off Australia or New Zealand and beyond, where islands that had been ravaged by invasive species we’d put there were now turned around after so many mostly volunteers worked tirelessly to get the islands back to their natural equilibrium and got rid of the rats, or the cats, or the goats. This is part of a great conservation story that’s not being told in the news, but if you listen to this show, you’ll know, and I’m delighted to update you that all told there have been 80 invasive mammal eradication's on 181 islands worldwide, ensuring the survival of 236 native terrestrial species, and even more seabirds. benefiting 1,218 populations of 504 species, and subspecies.
Credit: City of Greenville, South Carolina Government / Facebook
If you’re the guy that lost millions of quids worth of Bitcoin because you threw your laptop out, and you never got it back, then maybe don’t listen to this story.
The rest of us can have our cockles warmed by the boys at the Greenville South Carolina refuse and recycling centre, where Melanie Harper accidentally let her wedding ring fly into the tip along with her rubbish. She emailed their equivalent of the council and asked them to keep an eye out for it, knowing that it was a needle in a haystack and they were never going to look for it because they have jobs to do. Except they did.
When they heard of her plight they sifted through the trash, looking for her white gold band meticulously, until one of them - get this - called Golden, found it! It’s a lovely example of public servants going above and beyond and of universal stars aligning, fate bringing the gold ring to the hands of a man called Golden!