the weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #27

October 02, 2020

Last week saw stricter restrictions being put into place, which can start to have a domino effect on our overall mindset and mood. Therefore, it’s now more than ever that we are in need of some positive news and awareness of those bursts of positivity that is still going on around us.

 

Read on to enjoy…

 

Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts

 

After the conservation awareness initiative that is Climate Week was hailed last week, it’s great to see protection efforts having successes like this. Up to 48 birds and mammal extinctions have been prevented by the brilliant efforts of conversationists. This Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among the animals that would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes.

 

A school has alpacas to help with students' mental health and wellbeing

 

A school in Wales has introduced four ‘calm and gentle’ alpacas to the school grounds to help students’ mental health and wellbeing. The Penarth students are to get involved in caring for the animals and helping to develop their outdoor space… we love it!

 

Postboxes painted to honour black Britons

 

To mark Black History Month, four postboxes have been painted black to honour black Britons, including Sir Lenny Henry and nursing pioneer Mary Seacole. The postboxes are in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. The best part is each postbox can be scanned by your phone to bring up a list of the black Britons who have appeared on special stamps – making the installations a more interactive play.

 

Great British Bake Off launch marks the biggest Channel 4 broadcast since 1985

 

It’s back… and with a bang! The first episode of GBBO's 11th series was watched by over 10.8 million viewers, Channel 4 has announced. Interestingly when more people are working from home, the quintessentially British show reached the highest ratings of any Channel 4 show since 1985. We know Team Siren have definitely contributed to viewer numbers… Let’s drink a cup of tea to that!