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  • Blog Post: A room full of expertise and enthusiasm

    The Space for Nature; Land for Life Conference on 28 th February was a key milestone for the Greater Thames. Over a hundred individuals, representing interests from across business, communities, local government, conservation and funders, came together to celebrate our previous successes and identify...
  • Blog Post: Feast your eyes on the farmland birds in the Thames!

    The Thames is a big old place! Although most of us wouldn’t necessarily associate it as being big on agriculture, this vital industry does have a place in as a historical food supplier for the UK’s burgeoning capital city. Together with partners, the RSPB works with farmers and landowners...
  • Blog Post: Estuary campaign hits the high notes

    We’ve been shoulder to shoulder with the Friends of North Kent Marshes for over a decade campaigning to save this historic landscape and world class wildlife site from proposals to build a major new four runway airport. But to the people of the Hoo Peninsula it is also their home – as the...
  • Blog Post: One Direction for Nature? The #JeThames Brit Awards nominations are...

    I admit that working for nature in the Greater Thames isn’t all about glitz and glamour. Not in comparison to the 2013 Brit Awards which will no doubt dazzle and shimmer in North Greenwich tonight. Take a conversation I had the other day about the fate of the dunlin. If you wanted to invent...
  • Blog Post: There's life in the Thames!

    Kick starting 2013 with a blog about why the Greater Thames matters to him, is Tim Webb, RSPB London’s Communications Manager: Weekdays, my commute to and from work runs alongside the Thames and every time I’m alongside the river, the pedals turn more slowly. It’s an inspiring way...
  • Blog Post: Boris Island, Seriously?

    I’m often asked if the current proposals to build an airport in the middle of the Thames estuary with roads and barriers linking both the Kent and Essex’s coasts is ‘serious’? The sub-text for the question is usually ‘should the RSPB be putting resources into developing...
  • Blog Post: (Don't) blame it on the weatherman

    Every year my colleague Rolf (Williams – Kent Communications Officer) gets the plum job of soaring 1,000ft up above the Thames Estuary in a micro-light. In his words this is “ a privileged, if precarious, position from which to visit the whole of the Greater Thames Futurescape, viewed from...
  • Blog Post: Wallasea Island on BBC World Service One Planet

    A couple of weeks ago I met the BBC Richard Hollingham at Wallasea Island to record an interview for One Planet – broadcast on the BBC World Service. And here is the programme . We look at how exactly do you value nature - there are real and measurable benefits to the Wallasea Island project...
  • Blog Post: Intrepid nature heroes in the Thames

    Today's guest blog comes from the Greater Thames - in an area of heavy industry, commercial shipping and intensive farming; you would be forgiven for thinking that the Thames is no place for a wildlife haven! Hello! My name is Stef Lawrence and back in April this year I began my exciting new...
  • Blog Post: London Gateway – a very modern port

    Boats have made their way up the Thames since humans discovered floating – in more recent times the Thames has been an artery of trade and commerce, of travel and exploration in times of war and peace. Through all this the Thames estuary has retained an abundance of nature and wild places –...
  • Blog Post: Irresistible force immovable object

    I’ve just come from the launch of the Airports Commission Interim Report . Sir Howard Davies, the commission’s chair eloquently, patiently and with a little humour took us through the reports findings. Logic, graphs, bar charts, clarity of thought, and a clearly extensive fulsome consultation...
  • 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: New hope for nature?

    We talk a lot about a syndrome called " nature deficit disorder " and worry that in busy, industrial and developed places such as the Greater Thames, young people will grow up not understanding the value and importance of our natural world. Fortunately, with funding from EU LIFE+ through our...
  • Blog Post: Ready........Steady.........SNAP!

    Calling all visitors and residents of North Kent, South Essex and London; The Big Picture – Greater Thames Photography Competition is open for entries! With a break in the weather and a wealth of winter waders out on the marshes, what better time to get out and enjoy your local green space? –...
  • Blog Post: Big Picture: Wild About the Thames

    Last month we launched the Big Picture: Greater Thames Futurescape Photography Competition. We are delighted to introduce to you the first our beady-eyed judges! Our long-standing volunteers, Dave and Mary Braddock, will be judging the Wild About the Thames category. We are honoured to have Dave and...
  • Blog Post: Big Picture: Young Photographer

    Entries for The Big Picture: Greater Thames Photography Competition have been pouring in and, with just under a month to go before the competition ends, we have a special announcement to make! Judging our Young Photographer category will be..... Filmmaker extraordinaire, Ashley Jones! We asked...
  • Blog Post: Big Picture: My Place in the Picture

    With just over a week to go before entry for The Big Picture – Greater Thames Photography Competition closes, we are very excited to announce that Mike Dilger , of the BBC’s the One Show, will be judging the My Place in the Picture category. Mike, who is an ecologist, natural history presenter...
  • Blog Post: Big Picture: Connecting Landscapes

    With just under a week to go until The Big Picture – Greater Thames Photography Competition closes for entries, we are delighted to announce our fourth and final judge, professional wildlife photographer, David Tipling ( www.davidtipling.com )! We asked David a few questions to find out a bit about...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating nature: the BIG Picture!

    This is a guest blog from Stephanie Lawrence, the Greater Thames Futurescape Community Engagement Officer: During an evening of celebrations aboard Light Vessel 21 (pictured right) last week, we announced the winners of The BIG Picture: Greater Thames Photography Competition . Over the past few...
  • Blog Post: Sleeping out in the big wild

    Last Friday night I slept in a tent roughly where the terminal of the ‘Cliffe airport’ would have been. That was the airport proposal of the early years of this century that was seen off by campaigning and the general realisation that it was a silly place for an airport. Not that it prevented...
  • 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...