Atlantic Diver was treated to a rare sighting of a pod of about 30 beautiful call the skipper to arrange any trips.today. They swam in pairs which is typical of this species of Cetacean and although not interested in playing with the boat...lucky anglers out on a Newquay Sea Safari and Fishing trip off Newquay were able to view them from a short distance away from the boat. It is the first time skipper Chris lowe has seen this species of Dolphin so close to Newquay. He identified them with a little help from wildlife guide Annabelle when he at first thought they were Bottlenose Dolphins but was puzzled by their distance from the coastline and rounded shaped heads and short beaks....similar to Pilot Whales. Some were very dark in colour like Pilot Whales whist others were very pale , almost white like Belugas. Several were also scarred....this scarring is thought to be from fighting or teeth contact ( rake marks) from other Risso's Dolphins and maybe even from Squid injuries which makes up part of their diet. Their very Falcate fin was another identifying point. All of these identifying marks can be seen in the following pictures taken by Chris. ....Wow the passengers and skipper were blown away...."Fintastic!!!" It will be interesting to see what marine Wildlife we spot this winter as Atlantic Diver will remain in the water to continue trips throughout the winter period..please
The SITA incinerator: Cornwall Waste Forum calls for 'immediate talks' with Cornwall Council
The St Dennis branch of the Cornwall Waste Forum has called on Cornwall Council for immediate talks to explore alternatives to the proposed incinerator, following their successful High Court action.
'We have a rare window of opportunity to build bridges with Cornwall Council' said Ken Rickard, the Forum chair. 'Our success in the High Court, where Lord Justice Collins was unequivocal in his finding for the Forum, means that there will now be a breathing space. This is the time to take stock and consider the best way forward for Cornwall.'
The Forum has long disputed Cornwall Council's case that there is no alternative to incineration. Indeed Cornwall Council itself was of the same view when it fought SITA's appeal last year. Current trends and new technology both point to opportunities for investment in Cornwall, with new jobs and businesses to support them. 'The most impressive change in the last few years is that recycling has become a profitable business, the amount of waste being generated is declining year on year, and we can now reduce dramatically the amount of waste going to landfill,' added Mr Rickard. 'There is a real opportunity for Cornwall to be at the forefront of new waste disposal technology involving the county's engineering talent. We don't need an incinerator.'
The Waste Forum's appeal comes after it successfully challenged the decision by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to allow an Appeal by SITA to build a 240,000tpa. incinerator at St Dennis. The challenge was heard in the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London. The Forum was represented by Barrister David Wolfe supported by his Leigh Day and Co colleagues and our solicitor Mr C Hopkins. The hearing was attended by ten members from Cornwall and one from London. The judgement was given on 13 October and the written Judgement will be released this Thursday 20 October.
The challenge was based on the threat the incinerator would pose to nearby EU designated "Special Areas of Conservation". The Judge backed the Forums's claim that the inspector, whose decision was followed by the Secretary of State, was wrong to leave the question of an Appropriate Assessment to the Environment Agency, which had already announced its stance that the incinerator would have no significant environmental effects.
The Judge ordered the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, to reconsider the decision and he did give the Secretary of State permission to challenge his decision at the Court of Appeal.
Whereas the Forum members are delighted with this decision they are aware of the self inflicted problems which now face Cornwall Council, and are committed to work with the Council and have taken the positive step of inviting the Cabinet portfolio holder for Waste and the Environment and some of his Waste Development Advisory Panel councillors to a meeting to discuss the way forward.
It must be emphasised that Cornwall Council had the opportunity to cancel the controversial and costly Waste contract with French Company SITA in 2010. This contract has continually been blamed as the reason for the pursuance of incineration as the technology to disposal of Cornwall's waste.
Chair of Cornwall Waste Forum St.Dennis Branch.
Tourism has its 'green' credentials, there are many accolades available to accommodation providers such as the GTBS and Green Acorn, but one aspect of tourism sits very uncomfortably as the elephant in the room - the fuel that every visitor uses driving to and from and around Cornwall. If Cornwall is to be the green peninsula then it must take this bull elephant by the tusks and do something to not only reduce it but also ensure that the reduction is an ongoing process.
How much fuel?
At an average of 40 mpg and an average 250 miles driven while in Cornwall, visitors would use approximately this much fuel...
Wild Penwith Hedge Survey:
What makes Cornish hedges special? They are founded on stone
boundaries, but the legislation to protect hedgerows nationally looks at
the number of trees and woodland species in a hedge, which is not an
appropriate method for our hedges. The Wild Penwith Project aims to
raise awareness of the historic, landscape and biodiversity value of
hedges in West Penwith, and to gather data on the range of species
associated with hedges so as to highlight the importance of these often
Chris and Annabelle Lowe have been running "Atlantic Diving" for about 25 years and in that time have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the marine habitat and environment on the North Cornwall Coast.
In the last couple of years they have expanded further into Marine Wildlife and sustainable environmental business practices including Cage Diving with Blue Sharks, Snorkelling with Basking Sharks and the very popular Newquay Sea Safaris.