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.
Today the RSPB has taken the unprecedented and serious step of filing a complaint to the European Commission regarding Natural England’s approach to protecting important habitats in the South Pennines.
This isn’t a step we’ve taken lightly as our Conservation Director, Martin Harper, set's out.
As you can imagine there has been a lot of work behind the scenes to get to this point. One useful source of elements of the story can be found here under the Wuthering Moors posts on Mark Avery’s blog.
For an impression of the moor and the issues around it – here is RSPB’s Tim Melling interviewed by the Guardian. And here's the full article in the Guardian.
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