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April 2011

Monday, 11 April 2011

Protest against the plume trade, London 1911

RSPB Supports Charter to get High Speed Rail on the Right Track

The RSPB is one of the organisations supporting a Charter to hold the Government to account on its approach to high speed rail.
The Charter, published on 7th April, calls for a national transport strategy, better future-proofing of big transport proposals, effective public participation and a more strategic approach to minimising adverse impacts. Its supporters seek to engage positively with the Government, as they believe the approach to High Speed Rail currently falls well short of the Charter's principles.
Mark Avery, RSPB Director of Conservation, said: "A switch to rail is critical if our future transport system is going to be green and clean. But the environmental benefits won't materialise on their own. Government must demonstrate how High Speed 2 plans will respect nature, minimise damage to important wildlife sites, and help us in the fight against climate change."
The development may impact the RSPB's new reserve at Middleton Lakes and species such as Yellowhammer, Skylark, Song Thrush and Tufted Duck. To find out more about the work the RSPB is undertaking and how you can help, click on the link below.