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.
In the current furore around the future of our countryside – treasure or sacrificial lamb – it's more important than ever to be clear that the debate is not solely about the rights and wrongs of major infrastructure projects (though some like the much-rejected Thames Estuary Airport are rotten to the core) – but how we decide which ones to back and which ones to avoid.
I’ve been planning to blog about Crossrail for a few weeks – ever since the news of the start of tunnelling was released. Now, the extra rail capacity for London is welcome... but there is another aspect to the Crossrail project that is very close to our hearts: the material that the monster moles are going to produce is going to help form one of our most exciting projects – the Wallasea Island Wild Coast project.
Big projects drive big emotions. I haven’t been to London since Kings Cross was finished – and I’m really looking forward to standing and admiring its vaulted newness. The whole St Pancras Kings Cross development bursts with pride – for London and wider across Britain. But then so does (or should) our fantastic countryside.
Carelessly trading off one against the other is short-termism of the worst kind. As the Prime Minister softens the country up to a potential onslaught on our countryside – the need for robust, progressive regulation and rules that seek to force wise decision making are needed now more than ever.
Tomorrow spring starts – and the Chancellor will sing from the dispatch box as he sets out a budget of unprecedented significance for us all – and the natural world.
There’s still time to e-mail the Chancellor – here’s how. There’s rarely been a more important time to step up for nature.
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