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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hopping days and autumn hopes

    My Dad grew hops in Kent – and as summer eases into autumn, the chill early ‘hopping’ mornings and bright days take me back to the hectic weeks of hop picking. I plucked a small handful of hops from a bine draping itself through a hedge and scrubbled the hops between my hands to release...
  • Blog Post: Twice Bittern don’t be shy.

    I’ve been hoping to bring you this news for a little while – we’ve just confirmed that there are two bittern nests this year at Dungeness. There was booming in 2009, one successful nest in 2010 and now two. Booming (the male bittern’s weird far-carrying call which you can hear...
  • Blog Post: Stop Lydd Airport expansion – how you can help

    The RSPB has now written requesting that Lydd Aiport’s expansion plans are called in by the Secretary of State so that they can be determined at a public inquiry. You can do this too, and we would really appreciate your support. You can read more about the whole case here on the web site and...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday England, today Dungeness

    Hot on the heels of the England football teaming securing a place in the last sixteen of the World Cup – we’ve just heard that the planning applications to expand Lydd airport have been called in by the Secretary of State. Both are significant wins on the way to bigger matches in the future...
  • Blog Post: There’ll be much birding on the Marsh!

    I’ve spent most of yesterday on Romney Marsh – visiting two very contrasting places. I ended up at Dungeness where I met Keith Taylor MEP to show him around our nature reserve – but more of that later. I set off ridiculously early (pre-dawn chorus early) so that I could fit in my...