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  • Blog Post: Campaigning for Kent’s Countryside – the Thames and other airports

    Our Saving Special Places blog is nearly five years old and we’ve covered many stories from across the UK and around the world – two stories have popped up throughout that time (nature conservation is, after all, a long game). Our campaigns to safeguard the Thames Estuary from proposals to...
  • Blog Post: High Court Challenge to Lydd airport expansion fails

    The sun is shining and our reserve at Dungeness looks wonderful in mid May as the natural world gets on with the urgent business of spring. But sadly I’m not down here to celebrate this glorious time of the year – but to receive news of the outcome of our High Court challenge into the...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to 2013 – a tough year for nature’s special places

    Can I start with a slightly belated ‘happy new year’! I started this blog in September 2009 and set myself the target of a minimum 8 posts a month – and only once, in April last year. It came in just under with just 7 posts! In the early days, I wrote the majority of the posts...
  • 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: Watching Spring

    BBC’s Springwatch is up and running again and this time from our own, very special, Ynys-hir nature reserve in Ceredigion. I know just how much work goes into putting on the programme and the efforts of the BBC team and our own staff are much appreciated. You can keep up with Springwatch here...
  • Blog Post: Purple days

    Jack(5) and I (older) called in at Dungeness on Sunday. We played hide and seek with a white-tailed plover amongst the purple loosestrife. Eventually it stood still long enough for Jack to see it through the telescope – ‘it’s all browny with white and yellow’ – just about...
  • Blog Post: It’s decision day for Lydd – watch it live

    This is a critical moment in the campaign to stop the expansion of Lydd airport, safeguard the fragile environment of Dungeness and protect the quality of life of the people who live there. We've followed the story on this blog for a few months but the campaign is long-running and brings togther...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Lydd airport public inquiry

    2011 is shaping up to be a busy year – the last few days of the new working year have seen us planning and preparing for the challenges and opportunities ahead. At the moment it looks like we are shaping for at least four public inquiries starting, on 15 February, with the Lydd airport extension...
  • Blog Post: Stepping stones

    A couple of years ago purple herons nested successfully at our RSPB Dungeness Nature reserve. As luck would have it, I was visiting the reserve (for a meeting) just as the pair started prospecting for their nest site. Sadly they haven’t repeated their success of 2010 – yet, but it did get...
  • Blog Post: Forests and Wildlife

    The song of the shingle Years of campaigning, meetings, letter-writing e-mailing, more meetings, press interest, talking to people and worry, have come down to this – the start of the Lydd airport extension public inquiry. From Tuesday 15 February, when the public inquiry opens (and then...
  • Blog Post: Inspired by nature

    I visited the RSPB Dungeness reserve yesterday. Our bit forms part of the Dungeness to Pett Levels Special Protection Area which is, in turn, part of the otherworldly landscape of Romney Marsh - a sort of Russian doll of special places. The RSPB has been active here for over 100 years firstly employing...
  • Blog Post: Saving Special Places catch up.

    Here’s a post-summer holiday trot through developments on some of the stories we’ve been following. Dungeness . The purple heron family has taken to the wing and has now left the reserve. Time will tell if this was a one off event or if these elegant birds return next year. If they do...
  • Blog Post: Saving Special Places – Two Years On

    This blog has just turned two! Some 330 posts later and what have been the big themes? I had a look at the same question a year ago – and here’s how the top ten topics have changed Dungeness – holds on to top spot with 53 posts Special Protection Areas – up one place...
  • Blog Post: Lydd Airport Public Inquiry – will the expansion impact on the birds at Dungeness?

    After a lengthy 11 hrs on the witness stand Dr Allen, the bird strike witness, passes the hot seat over to Dr John Day, the RSPB’s bird expert at this Inquiry in Folkestone. Dr Day is a highly qualified individual. He has a BSc in Biology, a PhD research degree and he is a member of many...
  • Blog Post: Wetlands, are we winning?

    Today it’s World Wetlands Day, an event that celebrates a landmark in wetland conservation. The Ramsar Convention was agreed in the Iranian town of Ramsar on 2 February 1971. The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especial as Waterfowl Habitat (to give it its full name) has...
  • Blog Post: Countdown for Dungeness - bittern numbers boom.

    Last year bitterns nested in the reeds at our Dungeness reserve for the first time – a great compliment to the habitat creation work that the reserves team have put in place. A habitat without its characteristic species is a bit like a stage without the cast – something to look at but not...
  • Blog Post: Decision on Lydd call-in deferred

    The decision on whether or not to call in the planning applications to expand Lydd airport has been deferred until 11 June 2010. The airport’s expansion plans and the unique environment of the Dungeness peninsula are attracting wider attention; the Guardian explored the issues in an article by...
  • Blog Post: More baby pictures

    It’s been a long and anxious wait for the news that the UK’s first purple heron chick has fledged successfully – and here’s the first picture of the youngster taken by Philip Eglise. At some point soon the purple herons will be heading south to spend the winter in Africa...
  • 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 –...