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  • Blog Post: Today’s decision to extend Lydd airport is wrong

    Today’s shocking decision to approve an extension to Lydd airport in Kent is the latest stage in the sorry saga of attempts to develop the site. We’re very disappointed at the news and are profoundly concerned for the future of one the UK’s most important and iconic wildlife sites....
  • Blog Post: Holiday ahead – time to connect with nature

    I took Jack to see the seals at Blakeney point last week. It’s a right of passage. By coincidence I came across this post on our Nature Notes blog – another one to add to your regular reads I would say – this one is all about seals. Seals at Blakeney Point - trip by Beans Boats...
  • Blog Post: Withering criticism of energy plans

    The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published its report today on the proposed national policy statements (NPSs) for major energy infrastructure. The MPs have rightly delivered a ‘ withering critique’ of the NPSs in their current form, and proposed many very sensible...
  • Blog Post: A place in our affections – a place to love nature.

    As the dreadful 2002 foot and mouth outbreak took hold, the countryside was closed. One place that was less affected was the tip of Romney Marsh where the shingle spit of Dungeness juts out into the English Channel. I was there one day and was amazed at the numbers of people that had turned up. It was...
  • Blog Post: Purple herons on Springwatch

    We’ve just heard that the nesting purple herons at Dungeness are likely to get a mention on BBC Springwatch tonight. We're on tenterhooks waiting to know how they are doing – the behaviour of the adults is still very encouraging with infrequent but regular trips to and from the nesting...
  • Blog Post: A Big Website for a Big Society.

    I heard yesterday that Dungeness is the most designated place in England – and so it should be, given the wealth of wildlife it supports. Yet even the most special of the special is not immune from threat. We are gearing up to put the case for the nature of Dungeness at a public inquiry into plans...
  • Blog Post: Cold winds at Dungeness

    No change there then! As befits any self-respecting peninsula the wind can be a bit sharp at Dungeness. But as the waiting continues to find out how the nesting purple herons are getting on (everything is still looking good) we're all looking forward to better weather coming in over the weekend....
  • Blog Post: Dungeness and the Dee in the news

    Tomorrow sees the public inquiry into plans extend Lydd Airport and potentially boost passenger numbers to 2m a year (they are currently under 1000) really get under way. We’re appearing at the inquiry giving evidence to back up our long-held objection to this proposal. The inquiry opened last...
  • Blog Post: Lydd Airport Public Inquiry - getting prepared

    Here's just two boxes of the paperwork for the public inquiry - the culimation of weeks of work by the inquiry team. You can catch up on the background to the case here . We'll be reporting regularly from the inquiry and for our Dungeness reserve during the weeks it runs. It opens on the...
  • Blog Post: The Song of the Shingle

    Dungeness is an other world; ridges of shingle have been built up by time and tide to form a vast triangle of land pointing into the English Channel. The pebbles create a rare habitat for wildlife a habitat known as ‘vegetated shingle’ – and Dungeness is the biggest area in Europe for...
  • Blog Post: England is a special place

    As followers of this blog will know, the RSPB is busy right now saving many special places, from Dungeness to the Tana River Delta in Kenya. While colleagues are immersed in the Lydd public inquiry and other forthcoming inquiries and cases around the country, we’re fighting a battle on another...
  • Blog Post: Lydd Airport and Dungeness – an update

    The Government Office for the South East (GOSE) has reported that they have been receiving many letters requesting that the applications for the expansion of Lydd Airport are called in for the Secretary of State to determine. It’s good news that the letters are flowing – and if you are...
  • Blog Post: Rio +20 – the latest Earth Summit

    I remember the genuine excitement that surrounded the original Earth Summit back in 1992. It seemed a dawning realisation of the parlous state of our planet was really going to translate into action. And to some extent it did ... do read Mark Avery’s guest blogs ( here's one , do read the...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Living Futures

    Whether it’s Happy Leaping Frogs or Hearing Laughing Friends – our natural world is precious. But you know that. And without Heaps of Lovely Funds so much of what we and others can do to safeguard and cherish the natural world would be so much harder. Can you tell where this is going...
  • Blog Post: And it’s over to Lydd as we welcome RSPB enewsletter readers.

    You join us at a tense stage in the long-running campaign to protect the unique and distinctive natural environment of the Dungeness peninsula from the threat of airport expansion. Welcome to the Saving Special Places blog – do have a rummage through the posts of the last six months. You...
  • Blog Post: Lydd in perspective

    I read this speech when I was feeling disappointed by the decision by Shepway District Council in Kent to approve the development of Lydd Airport – and it lifted my mood. I’d watched the webcast from the council chamber in Folkestone into the night and you could see from the tenor of the...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday is decision day for Dungeness

    Way back in September , I reported on yet another delay in the saga that has been the plans to extended Lydd airport. To recap, back in September we were anticipating Shepway District Council taking a decision on the proposal by Lydd Airport to extended their runway and boost passenger numbers from...
  • Blog Post: Lydd Airport extension decision prompts legal challenge by the RSPB

    Dungeness is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world; it is protected at global, European and UK levels. It is home to species found hardly anywhere else in the UK [LINKS to other pages]. It is also a crossroads for migrating birds stopping off on their epic global journeys. The RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Shepway councillors reject advice and back Lydd airport plans

    The debate ran long into the night and eventually Shepway’s councillors voted to approve the runway extension and new terminal building. Tthe full text of our press release issued in response to this latest stage in this long running case follows. The RSPB, along with a huge range of other organisations...
  • Blog Post: Lydd airport; this one will run and run

    One reason that our casework (the work we do to prevent damage to our best wildlife sites) lends itself to blogging is that it goes on so long - the story can develop over years before a final resolution. But we thought as far as Lydd airport's expansion plans were concerned we were nearing the end...
  • Blog Post: 10 hopes and aspirations for special places in 2011

    At the dawn of 2011 - here's a list of things that need to happen to ensure that our special places and the wildlife they support are safe and cherished for the future. Dungeness is, finally, given the protection it deserves and is cherished both for its wildlife and as a great place to visit...
  • Blog Post: A long wait for more little bitterns

    Little bitterns are difficult to see. They are small (so much is clear from their name) and they like big reedbeds. Back in 1984, a pair nested at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve of Potteric Carr in South Yorkshire. The East Coast main line runs through the wetland just before you get into Doncaster...
  • Blog Post: Lydd Airport Public Inquiry – a bit of jargon busting!

    The goings on in a Public Inquiry (PI) are not quite ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, but it is still a formal and legal process with all its associated technical terms and references. My understanding of the most commonly used terms are: Examination-in chief – the witness’s barrister...
  • Blog Post: The Magnificent Severn

    I recently wrote an article for Life Fellows News updating the story of our work to protect the Severn estuary from damaging barrage proposals while at the same time supporting the search for more sustainable options for harnessing the power of the tides. The newsletter has just been mailed –...
  • Blog Post: 2010, that was the year that was. Part 1.

    Well, as we come to the end of the first full year covered by the Saving Special Places blog – what have been the highlights? Here are some of mine – but do add any you think I’ve missed. (There'll be second post tomorrow). We’ve managed a post roughly every two and a half...