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.
Congratulations to Jamie Wardley for producing this fantastic sand sculpture – there for just a little while then lost beneath the incoming tide. (This picture courtesy of blueriverstudios)
You can see another one here – and read what it was all about. But to cut a long story short, this creative event drew attention to the fragile natural environment threatened by the development of a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston (here’s an earlier post and some more information).
We believe that this proposal is the wrong option as it will deliver a double whammy to Scotland’s environment – damage to an important wildlife site and the cranking up of carbon dioxide emissions.
I have to admit to a certain amount of envy at these great images in the sand. Years ago, as part of another campaign, I managed to organise 1200 people standing in the letters S.S.S.I in the middle of Morecambe Bay only for the light aircraft carrying the BBC and a photographer to fail to find us – and there’s only so long you can keep 1200 amused and standing still!
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I hope this power station does not go ahead. Why must we always hear the phrase "this project creates X number of jobs" - but at what cost to the environment. The damage is permanent and cannot be repaired once started. The same can be said about the Lydd Airport development. Any news on this?
I really feel for you on the plane issue, Andre! But we were lucky enough to get our photos through a chap called Nigel King who had a fantastic little model plane with a camera attached that was bungied into the sky with huge elastic bands. What a sight! Thanks again to him and our sand artists Jamie, Jo and Andy, and to all the many many volunteers who were on the beach from far too early in the morning!! You all did a cracking job. Read more about the event here: www.eveningtimes.co.uk/.../sandstorm-of-protest-as-power-station-row-grows-1.1057986