This blog is where you can read about our campaigns to protect the special places that nature needs to survive. It’s been running for five years and covered great successes and some setbacks.
During this period the pressure of economic growth and calls, both in the UK and across the European Union, to deregulate has become louder and the threats to our natural world have increased as a result.
Saving nature’s special places means being active locally and tackling the big issues – the sweep of stories and contributions on this blog have always reflected that and will continue to do so. This will be the place to follow campaigns to save individual special places and to defend and strengthen the laws, policy and planning framework that are vital to their future.
Working with partners, volunteers, local communities and passionate individuals is an essential part of the story behind saving special places - and we'll have contributions from them all.
There will be plenty of chances to get involved – and to comment, add or argue with the points made in these posts.
Today the RSPB has taken the unprecedented and serious step of filing a complaint to the European Commission regarding Natural England’s approach to protecting important habitats in the South Pennines.
This isn’t a step we’ve taken lightly as our Conservation Director, Martin Harper, set's out.
As you can imagine there has been a lot of work behind the scenes to get to this point. One useful source of elements of the story can be found here under the Wuthering Moors posts on Mark Avery’s blog.
For an impression of the moor and the issues around it – here is RSPB’s Tim Melling interviewed by the Guardian. And here's the full article in the Guardian.
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