Over 13,000 people take action to protect Minsmere against Sizewell C

Emily Kench

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Minsmere RSPB Reserve, general view of Boomacre Mere

Media Release: Over 13,000 people take action to protect Minsmere against Sizewell C

In just 4 days over 13,000 people have already taken action to call to protect RSPB Minsmere and Sizewell Marshes from Sizewell C. Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin launched the RSPB’s and Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s new #LoveMinsmere e-action during a live online event on Friday.

The event raised awareness of the threats Sizewell C poses to RSPB Minsmere, home to over 6000 types of animals, plants and fungi, and to Sizewell Marshes SSSI, a protected wildlife site managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Packham and McCubbin, alongside Michaela Strachan, Bill Turnbull, Mike Dilger, Iolo Williams and Alison Steadman, called on supporters to take urgent action to make nature’s voice stronger in the planning process.

Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV presenter said during the event: “There have recently been reports that Sizewell C has been given the green light, and that is categorically untrue. It can not have been given the green light to progress because it’s yet to enter the examination. The reason that I’m telling you this is that although this is deemed to be a nationally important project, the decision has not yet been made to progress with it, which means, that you and I, us, everyone, still has the opportunity to influence that decision. That’s why we are so keen to ask you to take part in our action at loveminsmere.org. It’s your voice that can make a difference.”

If allowed to go ahead, the plans for Sizewell C, which would be built slap bang on the border of RSPB Minsmere, could have devastating consequences for nature. The build could destroy an area equivalent to 10 football pitches of protected wildlife site Sizewell Marshes. Legally protected animals like otters, water voles and marsh harriers could lose their homes, and toxic chemicals and up to 3 million dead fish could be pumped into the sea each year. The build will take over ten years to complete and miles of countryside could be lost to the infrastructure needed to support the new power station. Due to their concerns both organisations have taken a position that Sizewell C must not go ahead.

The nature charities are calling on people to speak up for nature in the planning process. EDF's plans for Sizewell C are about to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, and the RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust have submitted an extensive summary of concerns about the impacts on wildlife. They are asking people who share their concerns to complete the action and add their voice to demonstrate that nature must be protected and how many people #LoveMinsmere.

Supporters can take action to save Minsmere at loveminsmere.org 

 

ENDS

Editor’s notes:

  1. To learn about the Love Minsmere campaign visit loveminsmere.org
  2. For the RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust's summary of shared concerns  visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/sizewell/swt-and-rspb-shared-concerns-for-sizewell-c.pdf 
  3. For more information on RSPB Minsmere visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/
  4. For more information on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Sizewell C visit: https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/news/sizewell-c-threatens-stunning-wild-coast
  5. The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
  6. Part of The Wildlife Trust movement, Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s vision is for a wilder Suffolk, where everyone is doing more for nature.

For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact:

Emily Kench at EngMediaEnquiries@rspb.org.uk  or call on 07713236475.

 

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