One family drove 90 minutes to visit the beach last weekend and were surprised by how many people were doing the same.
Jane Peacock and her family travelled to Durdle Door in Dorset this weekend to enjoy the beach and nice weather. The seaside day was not just for them, though, with 2,500 also doing the same.
In an interview with the BBC, Jane’s daughter said: “It’s nice to get out of quarantine but I think it’s going to peak again because everyone’s going to go mad and go anywhere they can.”
Jane added: “It’s lovely to get out but I’m quite shocked as to how many people are here and to how they are not paying attention to the social distancing.
“I find that quite annoying to be honest. It’s like being in Tesco.”
As of Wednesday May 13th, the public have been allowed to travel to outdoor spaces such as beaches and parks to exercise or sunbathe. The news came as part of the government’s plane to ease the lockdown restrictions put in place on March 23rd.
Many viewers of the BBC interview reckon that the Peacock family travelled too far. One person posted on Twitter: “This Peacock family are part of the problem. Nobody drives that long to go there. Should be 30 mins tops from your home. They could go through two counties in that time.”
Another said: “Sorry Peacock family, I live a five minute walk from the beach where I live, drop me a dm next time you want to come visit and I’ll drive the 1.5 hours to your house just to even things up.”
To avoid such issues, many local councils urged visitors to stay away from their beauty spots, like Blackpool and the Lake District, following the latest advice from the government.
Blackpool changed the name of its profile page from Visit Blackpool to Do Not Visit Blackpool and encouraged visitors to not drive to Blackpool for a day trip.
The Derbyshire Dales tweeted: “We appealed to visitors to stay away but our usual hotspots are busy. We also made it clear most facilities – including toilets – remain closed.”
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Huge meteor captured on doorbell camera lighting up the sky over Wigan
‘This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter’
Meteor caught on camera lighting up the sky over Wigan.
The meteor was spotted just before 10pm on Sunday February 28th, and sent a sonic boom across parts of England. Scientists explain that it is likely to have been a small piece of an asteroid entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
A woman named Nikki posted a video of the meteor on Twitter, captured on her doorbell camera near her home in Appley Bridge on Sunday.
UKFall said the bright light could be seen all the way from Ireland to the Netherlands and is set to break the record as the most reported ever.
Over 758 reports have been made on the International Meteor Organisation’s website already.
UKFall’s Dr Ashley King, said: “The video recordings tell us its speed was about 30,000 miles per hour, which is too fast for it to be human-made ‘space junk’, so it’s not an old rocket or satellite.
“The videos also allowed us to reconstruct its original orbit around the sun. In this case, the orbit was like an asteroid’s.
“This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter, though sometimes got closer to the Sun than Earth is.”
UKFall also said that it is likely ‘a few fragments’ reached the ground as the meteor fragmented in the atmosphere.
Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester said: “If you do find a meteorite on the ground, ideally photograph it in place, note the location using your phone GPS, don’t touch it with a magnet, and, if you can, avoid touching it with your hands.”
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All the cute baby animals you’ll be able to see when Chester Zoo reopens
There’s been a baby boom at the zoo
Chester Zoo is set to reopen its doors next month and there are plenty of cute baby animals to see.
After a challenging year for Chester Zoo, the news from Boris Johnson last week that means outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen from April 12th was welcomed.
And over the course of lockdown, there has been a baby boom in the zoo too!
There’s everything to see from tree frogs to penguin chicks and rare baby lemurs.
Of some of the smallest to see are 12cm long baby Mongoose triplets that were born back in May last year.
Even smaller, a pair of Eastern Pygmy Marmosets were born in December measuring just two inches long at the time.
The babies are part of the most miniature primate species on Earth and are normally found in the rainforests of western Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru.
Some of the largest species at the zoo saw new additions, like the birth of a rare baby rhino. The birth of the Eastern Black Rhino was celebrated globally as fewer than 1,000 remain on the planet.
You’ll also find baby penguins born at the start of lockdown last year, plus baby Great Green Macaw Parrot chicks that hatched back in April 2020.
These colourful birds live in the lowland forests of Central and South America with a global population estimated at fewer than 2,500.
In March last year, twin ring-tailed lemurs were born to parents Fiona and Dog.
Rare Mexican frogs were born at Chester Zoo in September – the first of their kind born in a European zoo.
As part of a successful breeding programme, 100 Mexican Leaf Frogs hatched at the zoo after keepers recreated the scorching conditions of their natural environment.
A critically endangered Western chimpanzee was born by 43-year-old Mandy in August at Chester Zoo. Normally found in West Africa, there are as few as 18,000 Western chimpanzees remaining in the wild.
It’s also the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes, making this birth vital to the future of the subspecies.
A critically endangered Bornean orangutan was born in October, a surprise to keepers as mum Leia had a negative pregnancy test just a few months prior.
Estimates suggest fewer than 55,000 Bornean orangutans remain on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, the only place you can find them in the wild.
Earlier last month, Chester Zoo bosses revealed that the zoo is losing £1.7m a month, totalling to £11.5m in losses if the zoo can reopen on April 12th.
Primark confirms what date it will be reopening after lockdown
The news Primark fans have been waiting for
With the details of the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ revealed yesterday by the prime minister, non-essential retail has been given the chance to start planning its reopening.
Non-essential retailers can reopen during the second stage of restriction easing, which will happen no earlier than April 12th.
Retailers which don’t sell ‘essential’ items have been closed since January 4th, and were only able to open sporadically throughout last year.
If the data let’s stage two go ahead on its planned date, then the high street should once again come to life on Monday April 12th.
That includes Primark, who has now confirmed that it will be opening stores on April 12th if the government allows it.
A Primark spokesperson told The Sun: “Primark welcomes the news that we have a provisional opening date of April 12th for our stores in England.
“We know our customers will be thrilled and we can’t wait to welcome them back into our stores.
“Our priority will be to do that safely, building on all the lessons we have learnt across our European operations in the past year.”
Joining Primark in reopening on the 12th will be John Lewis, Dunelm, H&M and JD Sport, who all plan to let customers enter stores on the first day it is allowed.