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March 2021

Friday, 12 March 2021

The National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts urge the Government to unlock the potential of England's protected landscapes

National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) cover a quarter of England. They could and should be leading the nation's fight against the ecological and climate emergencies, and offering everyone a chance to access nature, but an expert review in 2019 found that they are falling a long way short of their potential. Successive surveys have shown the public appetite for them to play these roles and the review set out what needs to change. Almost 18 months later, the Government has yet to respond. 

Today, the National Trust, the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts have written a letter urging the Government to make ten important changes. These changes would have the biggest impact in making sure that England's protected landscapes can deliver for nature, climate and people at this crucial time. By taking these reforms forward now the Government would be showing strong global leadership ahead of the major international biodiversity and climate conferences later this year. 

The urgency of tackling the crises affecting our planet and the potential for England's National Parks and AONBs to make a difference are clear. The time for action is now.  

RSPB North East Hants Local Group's nearest AONB is the Surrey Hills, but we often visit other very important areas for biodiversity including both Chichester Harbour and The New Forest.

Read the letter to Defra Secretary of State George Eustice attached below ... 

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Extra Zoom talks arranged for Local Group's 45th Anniversary Year

2021 is North East Hants Local Group's 45th Anniversary Year. Whilst our Indoor Meetings usually cease after April, this year, two additional talks have been arranged for you to enjoy. Both of these will be Zoom presentations, the first of which will be held on Wednesday 2nd June at 7.30 pm.

The first talk is entitled ' The Complete Owl' by Dr Michael Leach.

The second will be on Wednesday 21st July at the same time.

Please refer to the Events page on this website for further details of these extra talks.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Avocet wading in water

Avocets breed at Pulborough Brooks

Avocets have raised young on the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks for the first time. Two pairs nested on the North Brooks in 2020 but only one pair was successful. Four chicks fledged, but unfortunately one sustained wing damage and was eventually predated. It is now hoped that this pair will return to the reserve again this year and bring others with them.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Cattle Egrets breed at Pagham Harbour

Cattle Egrets have bred in Sussex for the first time. This follows the species best-ever nesting season in 2019 which included the first breeding record for Hampshire at Langstone Mill Pond where as many as seven nests were counted in July last year. At Pagham Harbour five pairs nested in a Little Egret and Grey Heron colony successfully raising five young.

Monday, 8 March 2021

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

New partnership formed to save England's curlews

The Curlew Recovery Partnership is a new, exciting and transformative initiative, bringing together all those with an interest in curlew conservation, including land managers, farmers, gamekeepers, policymakers and researchers. They are joining forces to help secure the future of one of England's most iconic and threatened species, the Eurasian curlew. Read more by clicking on the link and viewing the article for 1st March 2021.

Monday, 8 March 2021

2020 Record year for cranes

Following the natural recolonisation of a few birds in 1979 and extensive conservation work, including a reintroduction programme, they are making a return after a 400-year absence. 2020 was a record year, with a total of 64 pairs present; of which, up to 56 attempted to breed and fledged 23 young.
Read more about this Wetland Success by clicking on the link below and scrolling down the blog to the date of 2nd Feb 2021.