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.
A few weeks ago Jack and I visited Blakeney Point to see the seals – turns out our trip was auspiciously timed as this year turns out to be the centenary of the National Trust’s purchase of this famous sandy peninsula.
The anniversary prompted Patrick Barkham to explore the importance of nature reserves in an article in the Guardian – a subject I covered in this blog earlier in the month.
And yes they are still really important – not the whole story, not the final answer to stopping and reversing the loss of wildlife, but without them in the recent past, now and definitely in the future any meaningful attempt at hanging on to the best of our natural world would be doomed to failure.
Their role is changing and that must and will continue – nature reserves must be in the front line of our own connectedness to nature.
Oh look! A boatful of humans - they turn up regularly, aren't they funny! Photo: Andre Farrar
Good to hear that Blakeney’s Sandwich terns have had a productive breeding season – they were much in evidence on the beach.
Sandwich terns loafing on Blakeney's beach. Photo Andre Farrar
I'm still on holiday and I’m glad to say that project pond is going very well, in case you were wondering.
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