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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Swanscombe Marshes threatened by theme park proposal

Swanscombe Marshes threatened by theme park proposal

Swanscombe Peninsula is a brownfield site that has rewilded itself and now provides a remarkable mix of habitat, including grassland, coast, scrub and intricate wetland. As well as abundant bees, butterflies and beetles, Swanscombe Marshes is one of just two places in the UK where you can find the critically endangered distinguished jumping spider (attulus distinguendus). Over 250 of its thousands of invertebrate species are rare or threatened. It is home to nightingales, cuckoos, marsh harriers and a thriving population of common lizards.

The Marshes are now threatened by the proposed London Resort theme park. If it goes ahead, much of the area would be destroyed and concreted, putting an end to all this wildlife diversity.

Buglife, the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust have come together to call for the Marshes to be designated an SSSI to protect its richness. For more information and to sign the petition, follow the link.