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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: Time to bury the airport option once an for all

    Paul Outhwaite has been leading our campaign tackle the threat of a new airport in the Thames estuary ... here he reflects on the latest output from the Airports Commission: As nails in coffins go the reports from the Airports Commission looking at the feasibility of building an airport in the Thames...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: History of Thames Estuary airport proposals

    Yesterday's publication of the Airport's Commission Interim Report did quiet kill off the proposal to build a new four runway airport on Kent's Isle of Grain (though it did reject all other estuary airport proposals). I was at the launch of the report and blogged yesterday. Our Conservation...
  • 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: 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: Aviation capacity – an issue for our times

    Sir Howard Davies speech, today , on national airport capacity marks eleven months of work by the Airports Commission – at this stage there are no definitive answers but there are some pointers. You can read the whole speech here . Naturally we’re looking at this interim statement to provide...
  • Blog Post: Winged travellers head for Thames Estuary hub

    As summer eases into autumn the natural world is all change. As I set off for work this morning an excited straggle of swallows swept over the house, no doubt just beginning their flight to winter warmth in Africa. Around our coasts and on wetlands other international travellers are stopping off to...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Talking Naturally podcast on airports and estuaries

    Why is it that the UK’s coastal wetlands haven’t suffered the levels of destruction seen around the world? How a threat to the Thames estuary over 40 years ago revolutionised nature conservation. I enjoyed talking to Charlie Moores about the Thames and it endless airport proposals –...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday Wildlife Trusts – and other anniversaries

    This blog has been following the story of many special places for wildlife and the people who work tirelessly to save them, nurture them and make them accessible for others to enjoy. It’s 100 years since Charles Rothschild’s idea that the best places for wildlife should be protected led...
  • 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: The Thames leads the way

    For months we’ve known that the target to halt the loss of the world’s biodiversity by 2010 wouldn’t be met. This was confirmed last week in a paper in the journal Science – so now it’s official and the losses will continue unless we start to tackle the problem in a different...
  • 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...