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June 2021

Monday, 28 June 2021

Support Swanscombe Marshes SSSI consultation

Support Swanscombe Marshes SSSI consultation

In March we reported the good news that Natural England has notified Swanscombe Marshes as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recognising its national importance for its breeding birds, invertebrates, plants and geological features. But before the official designation Natural England has to conduct a formal consultation. The RSPB is working closely with Buglife, the Kent Wildlife Trust and CPRE Kent to save Swanscombe Marshes and securing its designation is a critical step in this process.
The more people who can respond to the consultation and commend Natural England for taking this decision the better.

If you have just ten minutes of your time to spare to support the notification, there is guidance on the link, to Bug Life's website. Please do this by the cut-off date, 12th July.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Centenary of the Plumage Act

Centenary of the Plumage Act

1st July is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Plumage Act, which forbade the importation of plumage. Feathers had been extensively used in ladies' fashions, and the campaign against them led to the founding of the RSPB. One of the founders, Eliza Phillips, had lived in Culverden Castle in nearby Tunbridge Wells. She had long campaigned for the Act, which was presented to parliament several times, but had sadly died before it was finally passed.

On this date we are having a trip to Broadwater Warren to listen out for nightjars: see the events pages for details. We owe a lot to Eliza and her colleagues for what they started.