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RSPB responds to Ban the Burn's complaint to Europe over Walshaw Moor

Last modified: 04 January 2013


Blanket bogs support a rich variety of wildlife, such as the insectivorous plant sundew.

Image: Chris Rodger

On Thursday 10 January Hebden Bridge campaign group Ban the Burn is submitting a complaint to the European Commission over actions by Natural England, the statutory body responsible for safeguarding the nation’s countryside.

The group’s complaint relates to Natural England’s decision in March 2012 to drop its prosecution of the Walshaw Moor Estate in the South Pennines for alleged environmental damage and to reach a management agreement with the Estate. This follows a complaint to the European Commission by the RSPB, which seeks to get Natural England’s decisions relating to Walshaw Moor overturned and appropriate conservation management put in place.

Peter Robertson, the RSPB’s Regional Director for Northern England, said: “Natural England has a statutory responsibility to protect our special places, both for us and for the benefit of future generations, so it must be held to account if it has failed in its duty on our behalf.

“Ban the Burn’s action is a good example of how a community that cares about its local countryside can step up for nature and fight hard for its conservation.”        

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