This blog is where you can read about the places we work to protect and the people on the front line. The scope of this blog covers planning, the policies and legal framework that exists to protect the best places for wildlife and of, of course, the individual cases that are the daily work of staff across the UK. We help BirdLife International partners overseas – and you will be able to read contributions from Europe and further afield.
Of course – probably of the best way to save a site is to a acquire it as a nature reserve – this blog will sometimes feature our reserves and the role they play in future of our wildlife, but the full story of the RSPBs network of nature reserves is told elsewhere: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
This blog features the contributions of many individuals – I will have the pleasure of holding the ring and acting as the narrator to this compelling story. So a little about me; I’m Andre Farrar and my first active involvement with the RSPB was in the late 1970s as a volunteer with our Leeds Local Group http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/leeds.
I was one of many who wrote to their MPs as part of the campaign to get the best outcome for what became the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It wasn’t perfect but it was a good start. Thirty years on, I’m still in the thick of it campaigning for our protected areas and special places for wildlife. Are we winning? Read on and find out, and see how you can help.
The big news today is that the E.On is shelving plans for a new coal fired power station on the Thames at Kingsnorth. On its own it can be portrayed as a simple economic decision, but that would be to ignore the vigorous and high profile campaigning that has undoubtedly provided the impetus for this postponement. We’ve played our part in that campaign and this is an opportunity to say thank you to all those who have supported us.
But don’t relax just yet, there’s a big job to do to turn this postponement into the victory for common sense that would see an end to proposals that provide a fig-leaf of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to massive new coal proposals. Ayrshire Power and the Scottish Government should be looking carefully at their proposals for Hunterston on the Clyde in the wake of this news. The priority now should be to get CCS on the right track, with properly funded demonstrations on existing power stations (thus reducing emissions) and backed by legally binding emissions targets.
And just when it looked like the news from the Thames is entirely positive, along comes this story that is a warm-up for publication of the feasibility study into the construction of a huge airport in the Thames estuary (dubbed Boris Island). Identifying funding sources for carbon spewing, habitat destroying, wildlife threatening proposals doesn’t make them the right thing to do. I think E.On may have got this message today, its about time the backers of Boris Island did too. We'll, no doubt, return to this story.
Thanks Gill, time for a chorus in the office!
Thanks for the news Andre and while we all keep an ever watchful eye on Boris
I think I may just take some time out to ask everyone to sing along with me!!!!!!
Deep breath, here goes!
We've got sunshine
On a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside,
We've got the month of May.
Well, I guess you'll say
How can we fight climate change?
No coal. (No coal)
Talkin' 'bout no coal. (No coal)