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February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Save Lodge Hill Campaign Update

Save Lodge Hill Campaign Update

Adrian Thomas, #Save Lodge Hill Campaign Manager, brings us up to date on the threat to the UK's only site protected specially for nightingales, whose numbers have fallen by 91% in the last 40 years.

Last year, 12,500 of you sent letters to Medway Council in Kent asking them not to allocate Lodge Hill, the nation's best site for nightingales, for housing development in their local plan. After all, it is meant to be protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the highest national tier of wildlife protection. If it happens at Lodge Hill, it would set the most awful precedent for all our other protected sites around the country.

It came two years after many of you also joined with us to ask the government to "call in" a planning application for 5,000 houses on the same site, and we're pleased to say the developer finally withdrew that planning application in September 2017.

Now, in four weeks time, Medway Council will put out the next draft of their local plan for public consultation (16 March - 11 May), and we think there is a chance that we're going to have to fight for Lodge Hill yet again.

We also know that the new owners of Lodge Hill, the new government agency called Homes England, has said that it is going to put in a revised application for housing there.

So it looks like we may need your help again. If you're not already signed up to hear about our campaigns, please do so today at www.rspb.org.uk/campaignchampions so we can get in touch when the campaign opens

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Thames Big Plastic Clean Up

Thames Big Plastic Clean Up

Read more by clicking on the link below.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Cliffe Thames Plastic Clean Up

Cliffe Thames Plastic Clean Up

Cliffe Thames Plastic Clean Up - For further information:

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/northwardhill/b/northwardhill-blog/archive/2018/02/04/cliffe-thames-plastic-clean-up.aspx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

February Bird of the Month - Marsh Harrier

February Bird of the Month - Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harriers can be seen frequently throughout the year, quartering the ground and floating over reedbeds and marshland with wings raised in a shallow V before stalling and dropping onto some unsuspecting prey, whether it be bird, rodent or frog.

Larger than a buzzard and with slimmer, longer wings and tail, the sexes are dissimilar. The adult female is slightly larger than the male (as is the case in several birds of prey) with dark brown plumage and a creamy-white head, throat and forewings. The adult male has a uniformly pale blue-grey tail, black wingtips, pale yellowish head and breast and reddish-brown markings on the upperwing which give a tricolour effect. The juveniles are blackish-brown with golden heads and throat. Marsh harriers have a wingspan of between three and a half to four feet and can live for up to fifteen years. The voice is a shrill kee-yoo and a chattering kyek-ek-ek or kyi-yi-yi-yi but is only rarely heard. Click on the link to see a short video of a Marsh Harrier in its natural habitat.

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