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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...