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  • Blog Post: History should tell us something

    Roughly once a decade airport planners cast their eyes east of London into the marshes and wetlands of the Thames Estuary. In some sort of grotesque bring-forward diary the arguments for (largely its not somewhere else) and the arguments against (communities wiped out, landscapes re-modelled with massive...
  • Blog Post: What a lot of waterfowl

    Lots of posts on this blog have featured wetlands and, in particular, the UK’s coast and estuaries. This is no coincidence – this country’s coastal heritage really puts us on the world map of conservation issues. As we look forward to the end of winter hundreds of thousands of wildfowl...
  • 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: Perspectives of the Thames - a bird's eye view

    Continuing our series of guest blogs from around the Thames estuary, here Rolf Williams the RSPB's Kent Communications Officer, takes to the skies Have you ever shopped at Bluewater in Kent, or how about Lakeside in Essex? They cater for tens of millions of shoppers each year. As I flew over them...
  • 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: 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: Perspectives of the Thames

    Just over a week ago the Thames estuary in general and the Isle of Grain in North Kent in particular, were propelled into the media as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, tried to stack the odds in favour of a Thames Estuary Airport in the forthcoming strategic review of aviation. Here’s a flavour...
  • Blog Post: Happy New International Year of Biodiversity

    Time will tell if this year, dubbed the International Year of Biodiversity, will be all it’s been cracked up to be. New year is a time for optimism but the start of this new decade feels a bit like an uphill slog for optimists. Copenhagen faltered and failed to deliver and across the world,...
  • 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: Boris Island is Fantasy Island?

    In stark contrast to Shepway District Council who voted to live under the flight path of commercial airliners last week – Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is saying he doesn’t want an airport. His plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary have taken a turn for the worse ever since he confessed...
  • Blog Post: A wonderful world of wetlands

    Yesterday was World Wetland Day. It was also the 200 th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens – so I took the opportunity to link the two through the medium of the Thames Estuary, well known to Dickens and the setting of memorable scenes in Great Expectations. The Thames is also a coastal...
  • Blog Post: Thames Estuary Airport, no thanks.

    It’s forty years since proposals to create London’s (then) third airport in the Thames stimulated the conservation movement to get its act together and start to gather the data that has become the bedrock of campaigns to protect some of our best places for wildlife from damage. The Birds...
  • Blog Post: Red tape, infrastructure and what comes next

    In most days, weeks – even decades, today would have been a defining moment in how our Government (the Westminster one at any rate) will deal with the little matter of our environment. That life-enhancing, enriching, sustaining, Britain-defining, tourism-boosting, world class, singing, croaking...
  • Blog Post: Dead horse spotted in Thames Estuary

    Stop flogging it Boris. Just in case anyone is in any doubt – here’s our reaction to the latest attempt by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to breath life into the crazy idea of building an International Airport hub in the middle of the Thames Estuary. Today (Tuesday18 January), the...
  • 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: Aviation consultations are stacking over our desks

    The first document has just landed and is currently having its details unpacked. To readers of this blog the many and various proposals to build large airports in the Thames estuary have been regularly covered, here's some background . Sufficient it to say that we think this is a very bad and...
  • 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: What the Dickens!

    BBC 1’s Breakfast carried a report to mark the 200 anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens . The location report came from North Kent from the Medway Towns that Dickens knew as a child, from Cooling Church and from the evocative North Kent Marshes where Pip’s Great Expectations were launched...
  • Blog Post: 2010, that was the year that was. Part 2

    Sandsculpture marking the campaign to stop Hunterston power station (picture courtesy of blueriverstudios ) Looking back through the year’s posts it’s clear that there’s been a focus on estuaries and coastal wetlands. While I’m happy to admit a personal bias towards these particular...
  • Blog Post: Turkish delight or terminal condition?

    London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson was clearly impressed by Istanbul’s Ataturk International airport. But, please, can we all try and avoid him being delayed! It gave him time to think, and try to breathe life into his dream of building a huge airport in the Thames estuary. The resounding chorus...
  • Blog Post: Wye, Wye Oh Wye!

    The results of the Our Rivers campaign vote for best and worst rivers in England and Wales are in. While I have to swallow my disappointment that my promotion of the Great Stour in Kent has clearly failed to swing the vote – the Wye is clearly a fantastic winner. It’s award is the second...
  • Blog Post: Estuary airport ideas are blowing in the wind

    I love the coast – but I have to admit to being a land-lubber at heart. So heading off for the Thames this morning in full sunshine made me think that our planned boat trip would be running as planned. But the east coast has a mind of its own. Our voyage was to be an opportunity to take journalists...
  • Blog Post: Decades of rejection haven’t stilled demands for a Thames estuary airport

    Boris wants one. He really does. Lord Foster is the latest to design one. But time after time the proposals for an estuary airport in the Thames founder under the weight of reason, the massive costs and the unsustainable destruction of the coastal environment. That it could be done is not in any doubt...
  • Blog Post: Wrong option, wrong place, wrong direction.

    In the latest guest post, Jon Fuller sets out the view from Essex where mad-cap estuary airport schemes are not new. Jon is an environmental campaigner from Southend and sets the latest plans for the Thames in a wider context. When London Mayor Boris Johnson first suggested an estuary airport, I dismissed...