This blog is where you can read about our campaigns to protect the special places that nature needs to survive. It’s been running for five years and covered great successes and some setbacks.
During this period the pressure of economic growth and calls, both in the UK and across the European Union, to deregulate has become loader and the threats to our natural world have increased as a result.
Saving nature’s special places means being active locally and tackling the big issues – the sweep of stories and contributions on this blog have always reflected that and will continue to do so. This will be the place to follow campaigns to save individual special places and to defend and strengthen the laws, policy and planning framework that are vital to their future.
Working with partners, volunteers, local communities and passionate individuals is an essential part of the story behind saving special places - and we'll have contributions from them all.
There will be plenty of chances to get involved – and to comment, add or argue with the points made in these posts.
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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