A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 5 September 2014
RSPB Campaign to Save Important Nightingale Site in Kent
The Nightingale is one of the most treasured and iconic of British birds.
Sadly like many other species it has, according to British Trust for Ornithology data, been declining for many decades. According to Atlas data since the 1960s there has been a contraction of its breeding range and the British population of this species decreased by 57% between 1995 and 2009.
One possible reason for this decline is scarcity of suitable breeding habitat.
Lodge Hill in Kent is one of the most important sites in England for the nightingale and last year the site was given protected area status for this reason.
Sadly, Lodge Hill had already been chosen as a site for a 5000 housing development. The Government's Planning System does include important tests which if not passed should prevent this kind of development and the housing development does not in fact pass these tests.
However, yesterday Medway Council's Planning Committee approved this development regardless. If the development goes ahead it could create a dangerous precedent for the future and it will be one of the biggest destructions of a protected site in over 33 years.
The RSPB has started a campaign asking people to send an email, via their website, to Eric Pickles, who has overall responsibility for housing decisions and who can "call in" the Kent application and make the decision himself. But Eric Pickles may only take action if enough people email him and convince him that the development will have a "national impact" and is "nationally controversial" (to quote the RSPB).
I've posted a link to the RSPB campaign below if any of you feel strongly enough about this issue to send an email to Eric Pickles (apologies if the link doesn't work as I always have problems - please just cut and paste).
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