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.
Just a short post to add my congratulations to Lancashire Wildlife Trust for their successful campaign to stop peat ‘winning’ (a euphemism is ever there was one) at Chat Moss in Great Manchester.
Our lowland peatlands like Chat Moss have a taken a beating from the commercial extraction of peat for horticulture leaving tattered remnants of huge importance to their localities and the wildlife that depends on them. Some 95% of this peaty habitat has been lost – in other words for every 20 hectares of lowland peatland – only one is still going.
Chat Moss has appeared in these posts a couple of times before, here and here. Throughout, the direction of travel for peat extraction is clear – it will end, eventually. So Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, deserves praise for taking the right decision and taking the pressure off Chat Moss.
Here’s Lancashire Wildlife Trusts news on their win and here’s Olly Watts from our Climate Team highlighting that keeping peat in the ground isn’t good just for the local wildlife but for our climate too.
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