RSPB asks EDF to Love Minsmere as reserve celebrates World Wetlands Day

Rupert Masefield

Friday 1 February 2019

To mark World Wetlands Day this Saturday, the RSPB has released a new video appealing to the public to call on EDF Energy to protect Minsmere nature reserve’s vital wetland habitats.

  • 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day, raising global awareness of the vital importance of wetlands for people and our planet. 

  • On 2 February 1971 the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Today the world’s most important wetlands are designated Ramsar sites.

  • Minsmere-Walberswick wetland has been a Ramsar site since 1976.

  • This World Wetlands Day, the RSPB is asking EDF Energy to give public assurances that this internationally important wetland will be protected in plans for a new nuclear power plant next door.

Since 4 January, more than 5,600 people have supported the RSPB’s campaign, asking EDF to keep Minsmere safe.

The RSPB’s chief concerns about EDF’s Sizewell C proposals are:

  • The impact of noise and artificial light from such a massive construction on rare wildlife that is very sensitive to such disturbance, particularly marsh harriers - one of the UK's rarest birds.
  • The impact on RSPB's ability to manage water levels on the reserve, that is vital for managing the reedbeds and other freshwater habitats that are home to rare wildlife like otters, bitterns and avocets.
  • The potential erosion of Minsmere's coastline, which could accelerate when you build new coastal structures. This could pose a significant threat to Minsmere's special freshwater and coastal wildlife.

The conservation charity is calling on EDF to

  • Make a public statement promising that Minsmere will be protected from any potential harm from the development of Sizewell C.
  • Fully assess the impact that Sizewell C could have on Minsmere's habitats and wildlife.
  • Publish a clear plan outlining how EDF will address any potential impacts of Sizewell C on Minsmere.

The RSPB is reviewing the environmental information in the Stage 3 consultation documents before submitting its own detailed response. 

Read the RSPB’s position briefing on Sizewell C at rspb.org.uk/sizewellc

Take action now

To tell EDF to “Love Minsmere” visit loveminsmere.org to send a response to their public consultation on Sizewell C. The consultation ends on 29 March.

Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook: #loveminsmere

 

Last Updated: Saturday 2 February 2019

Tagged with: Country: England Country: International Country: UK Topic: Campaigns Topic: Reserves Topic: Site conservation Topic: Water and wetlands