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August 2018

Monday, 20 August 2018

Loss of habitat at Fairlop and at Leyton

Loss of habitat at Fairlop and at Leyton

There have been two meetings this month that might well be of interest to local residents. Both concern planning decisions that create a problem for wildlife and which - by coincidence - have become apparent just as many people are going on their summer holidays.

FAIRLOP COUNTRY PARK: Two years ago permission was given for further removal of more gravel from the land to the south of the Country Park. Many of you will know this as an area with a rich bird population, and we have often arranged bird walks there. Not long ago, much of this area was registered with Natural England as a Local Nature Reserve. But now it is clear that the road for the lorries carrying the gravel ('Haul Road') will run along the southern part of the Country Park for some distance, and so to Hainault Road. Not surprisingly, the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association and the Fairlop Birders are campaigning against this. There was a press release and photo-shoot organised by the London Wildlife Trust on 1st August. Further info from: chris.gannaway@ntlworld.com

'POCKET PARK' in LEYTON is in E10, occupying the corner between Lea Bridge Road and Orient Way. It is a pleasant area with over 80 trees and grassland intersected by paths. Sadly, Waltham Forest Council intend to cut down the trees and build on it, but local residents will miss the green space, and held a picnic there on 5th August to gather support to oppose the development. They plan to send a petition against this further spread of the concrete. If you live in the area, do feel free to join in. Further info from Claire Forde

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve

Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve

Hen Harrier Day, Saturday 11th August 2018 at Rainham Marshes

Detailed info from RSPB:-

"We'd like to invite you to join us for this rally, which will include speakers and activities suitable for all, including for families! Speakers confirmed so far include David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and RSPB Director of Conservation Martin Harper. All money raised goes to Birders Against Wildlife Crime and they'll be giving an update about their raptor satellite tagging project too.

We're anticipating a busy day and are urging people to use public transport - the reserve is just a ten minute walk from Purfleet station on the C2C line. Additional car parking is also available in Purfleet at the public car park just west of the train station.


The car park will open at 8am, and the main rally with speeches is set to start at 11 am. The speeches will take place in the marquee field near the Marshland Discovery Zone so leave yourself 15 minute or so to wander down.

Join us in saying 'We want our Hen Harriers back', at RSPB Rainham Marshes! Watch this space and @HHDayLondon for more updates. Look forward to seeing you there!"

Directions - Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-456033#hzrTcaPGBMLvr5xT.99