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Despite its industrial heritage, Runcorn and Widnes are a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna. Wigg island, Big Wood, Runcorn Hill and Spike Island are just a few of the local beauty spots. Meanwhile the Mersey estuary at Halton is thriving with migrating birds. Keep abreast of the latest environmental news and our regular wildlife column by Tom Marshall of Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Vapour at the Runcorn incinerator in Weston Point, taken by Clarks Terrace resident Vaughan Knight.

Anger over incinerator steam and noise in Runcorn continues as owners apologise for 'inconvenience'

Energy-from-waste joint venture says extra water vapour is part of testing phase and not 'part of normal operations'

An incinerator bottom ash recycling facility could be built on Johnson's Lane in Widnes after plans were submitted to Halton Council.

Plans submitted to construct incinerator bottom ash recycling facility in Widnes

Ballast Phoenix Ltd want to construct the site on Johnson's Lane and would recycle up to 250,000 tonnes of ash annually

Moorfield Primary School, Widnes launches ambitious solar panels fundraising campaign for solar panels after winning place in national project

Widnes primary school launches fundraising campaign for solar panels

Moorfield Primary School won the chance after winning a place in the Solar Schools project

An aerial view of the energy-from-waste plant in Runcorn.

No direct incinerator cash bonanza for Runcorn residents along lines of shale gas fund

Firm says £500k-a-year Halton environment fund already in place after announcing £2.5bn shale gas giveaway for households in fracking zones

The site in the distance of a proposed warehouse to be built in Halebank, Widnes, as seen from an entrance to Halebank Park

Planning application proposing warehouse in Widnes to go before council despite objections

A plan proposing a freight warehouse in Halebank is set to be approved on Monday

Chris Naylor of Peckforton Castle, the 2013 Click Consult Business Person Of The Year at Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards 2013. Picture: Ian Cooper

Launch of the 2014 Cheshire Business Awards competition

Search begins for cream of the crop of county’s businesses

Pollution gust sparks alert for Halton lung patients

Air quality expected to improve today

Farmeda Kosar, HHT development manager, Dan Van Den Bos, Cruden site manager, Andy Young, Cruden site agent, Lisa McAllister, Plus Dane project manager, Teresa Tierney, HHT director of housing services, and Paul Slavin, Cruden contract manager, at the trust’s eco-homes in Kingsway, Widnes, right

'Futuristic' eco-homes due to be launched in Widnes

Three environmentally-friendly homes have been built on Kingsway in Widnes with the first tenants set to move in next week

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

Environment Agency investigates permit breaches at seven-acre inferno site in Widnes

A Government body is investigating safety breaches by the owners of a contaminated inferno site in Widnes to damp down fire debris and secure the premises, it has been revealed

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

Lord de Mauley slams firm slams over seven-acre blaze wreckage site in Widnes

A minister has demanded the clean-up of an asbestos-contaminated recycling inferno site in Widnes

Select Security Stadium

Public meeting to be held at Select Security Stadium over EMR recycling plant appeal

Residents will have the chance to have their final say on controversial plans to build a scrap metal recycling facility on Everite Road next month

Runcorn firm to cough up £1,330 over illegal waste disposal

A Runcorn firm that broke the law when it dumped commercial waste has been slapped with fines and costs of £1,330

Environment Agency

Environment Agency to investigate second fire at Widnes recycling site in last two months

Environment Agency officials are investigating another possible breach of storage regulations at a Widnes recycling site following a second fire in two months

Moorfield pupils Glynn James Locke, Freya Shone, Tommie Lee Lane, Grace MacDonald, George Charnock receive the cheque

Two Halton primary schools each collect £1,000 grant from Recyclebank

Environmentally conscious Halton residents have donated more than 400,000 Recyclebank points to help secure grants for two primary schools through the Recyclebank Green Schools Programme

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

MP probes waste industry fire record following major blazes in Widnes and Birmingham

An inferno at a Halton recycling yard has helped to reveal the extent of waste fires nationally

Halton Housing Trust

Halton Housing Trust wins Green Apple Award

A Widnes housing development has won a leading national award for sustainable design

Cheshire Business Awards 2013

Cheshire Business Awards 2013: Spotlight on Start Up and Green awards

The Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards, sponsored by SAS Daniels and Click Consult, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year

Centrol Recycling Group Limited

Widnes recycling firm handed £20k fine over fly infested site

A Widnes waste management firm must pay £23,815 in fines and costs after it caused a major fly infestation

Harbour porpoises

Volunteers urged to record River Mersey marine life

A national marine conservation charity wants Halton residents’ help in tracking porpoises, dolphins and whales in the River Mersey

Recycling rates jump fourfold in Halton and Merseyside over last 10 years says agency

Latest figures suggest a boom in recycling rates in Runcorn and Widnes over the last 10 years