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September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

March through London for climate action, Sunday 21st September, 12.30pm.

March through London for climate action, Sunday 21st September, 12.30pm.

This is a Climate Coalition event - the RSPB will be there, but won't have a separate meeting point. Meet at 12.30pm at Temple Place, WC2. The march will set off at 1pm and arrive at Abingdon Street Gardens, next to Parliament at 1.45. There will be a rally with music, a number of inspirational speakers and a large screen showcasing activities happening around the world. The event will finish at 3pm. For more information and to sign up, go to:

Friday, 12 September 2014

Call to action! What we need you to do before 25th September.

Call to action! What we need you to do before 25th September.

Please can you sign this petition (live until 25th September) and forward it to your friends, family and work colleagues asking them to do the same. The next milestone on this will be heavily influenced by individual action so it's hugely important that as many people sign the petition as possible.

Statement from Mike Clarke, the RSPB's Chief Executive. Mike grew up in North Kent and knows the area and its wildlife well. He said: "Lodge Hill is a protected site and one the most important one in the country for nightingales. The decision to plough ahead with the destruction of this Site of Special Scientific Interest for housing will create the largest amount of damage to a SSSI over the last two decades. The Council has failed to demonstrate to an independent inspector last year that there is no alternative, or that the development outweighs the damage to this unique site. We don't believe the loss of this site to housing is in the national interest and we will be campaigning against this decision, including asking the Secretary of State to intervene and examine Medway Council's decision."

Mike adds: "The plans to displace the 84 pairs of breeding nightingales to a site in Essex are unscientific, unprecedented, and over-optimistic. There is no scientific evidence that gives confidence to the idea that they will successfully move to a proposed new site. The RSPB will now call for the Secretary of State to intervene since this interpretation of the NPPF weakens the Government's environmental will and poses a serious threat of development to other SSSIs."

Link to petition: