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.
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Press reports have picked up on the abundance of birds that called RSPB Cliffe Pools nature reserve home this winter. Over 10,000 black-tailed godwits (like the three in the picture below) have been setting records for this North Kent coastal wetland which is threatened by a proposal to build a four-runway hub airport on the Thames Estuary.
For these godwits international travel is their route to survival – these birds will be heading north to nest in Iceland. Loss of wetlands along their flyway is a real threat to their future.
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Hear, hear also. It would be total madness to put and airport in or around the Thames Estuary.
Andy Daw RSPB warden at Cliffe Pools said "If ever there was any doubt that the Thames Estuary is the wrong place to build an airport, this winters record nuber of birds at RSPB Cliffe Pools is another clear demonstration of the area's unsuitability"
Hear! Hear! Andy.