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.
Here’s an idea if you are thinking of a new challenge in the New Year.
This blog has featured the Wallasea Island Wild Coast project previously – you can read it here.
This is undoubtedly one of the RSPB’s most exciting projects and this post will be at the heart of telling people about it. And it will be a varied job – from talking to kids to showing MPs the project as it develops.
From the inception of the Wild Coast project, people have been at the centre of our thinking – and this post will help to build support and understanding for the work we are doing.
The Wallasea Island project is big – it’s the largest landscape restoration project in Europe, but it only forms part of the work we are doing in the Greater Thames. For decades the RSPB has been working to secure the future for the wild places of the Thames estuary. Forty years ago we were battling to prevent the construction of the Third London airport on Maplin Sands. An idea that was soundly rejected again when alternative plans appeared for the Hoo Peninsula in North Kent and still attracts attention with the so-called ‘Boris Island’ proposal in the Outer Thames.
The focus on stopping bad things happening to the Thames has changed, we’ve been proud to be involved in the Thames Gateway and we are getting on with projects to protect, enhance and restore coastal habitats around the estuary.
If you fancy blowing away the Christmas cobwebs why not visit one of our sites around the Thames. Vange Marsh in Essex, Rainham Marshes on the Greater London/Essex boarder, and Cliffe and Northward Hill in North Kent.