UK coronavirus live: deaths in England and Wales below five-year average for sixth week in a row, says ONS – The Guardian




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For centuries, the tiny island of Lundy and its wonderful flora and fauna have – just about – survived the ravages of pirates, profiteers, rodents and rampaging rhododendron.

But the futures of rare birds and plants, plus the livelihoods of the hardy humans who live on this windswept hunk of granite off the Devon coast, are being put at risk by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lundy Island, off the coast of north Devon, largely depends on income from day trippers between spring and autumn.


Lundy Island, off the coast of north Devon, largely depends on income from day trippers between spring and autumn. Photograph: Jim Wileman/The Guardian

The Landmark Trust, which manages the island, has launched an urgent fundraising appeal, warning that Lundy’s way of life was at peril and vital conservation work was on hold because of a disastrous loss of income.

Lundy’s wellbeing depends to a large extent on the day trippers who travel over on the supply boat from spring to autumn. But lockdown forced Lundy to close at the end of March. Most of the staff were furloughed and the 3-mile (5km) long island remained shut for for 14 weeks.

The island is now open but social distancing rules mean that only 90 day trippers rather than 250 can visit daily.

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