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nature

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Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Newcastle city council

Don't Hem in Havannah

Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. Increased recreational activity and more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance.  So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population.  Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.

Save Newcastle Wildlife
2,591 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Minister Simon Coveney, Dept of Housing, Planning, Local Government and Community

Protect Bantry Bays kelp forest habitat - we say no to mechanical harvest of native kelp

A licence was issued to Bioatlantis, Tralee in 2014 to mechanically harvest native kelp (1860 acres) in the pristine marine waters of Bantry Bay - this licence should be suspended immediately until adequate advertising, public consultation and environmental impact assessments are completed. The licence was issued by Minister Simon Coveney, Department of Housing to mechanically harvest 753 hectares (1860 acres) of native kelp in Bantry Bay. Inadequate advertising took place for the issue of this licence. No public consultation meetings were held to inform the residents of Bantry Bay of this proposed mechanical harvest by a company from Tralee. No regard is being shown to the pristine marine environment in Bantry Bay which is home to many species protected by Irish, European and International legislation i.e. White Tailed Eagles, Otters, Choughs to name but a few.  An Environmental Impact Assessment is not required for this licence! An extensive Environmental Impact Assessment should be done before any mechanical harvesting of native kelp is allowed in any Irish coastal waters. No regard has been shown for the people who rely on tourism and marine activities such as fishing in the bay to make a living. The Kelp forest slows the wave action approaching the land, so removal of this kelp forest may lead to more coastal erosion along the Bantry Bay coast.  FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN ON FACEBOOK BY LIKING AND FOLLOWING THIS LINK:- https://www.facebook.com/bantrynativekelpforest/

Deirdre Fitzgerald
4,457 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP

Stop Weedkiller companies from demonising the humble and helpful Dandelion.

Enough is enough! Stop weedkillers like Roundup and Weedol from demonising the beautiful and tremendously versatile flower plant - the Dandelion. The flowers of this plant provide a  huge beneficial impact on bees and insects in early Spring when food elsewhere is scarce for them. Birds like Goldfinches particularly love dining enthusiastically on the unopened seedheads. A fully grown Dandelion plant hosts tiny insects, larvae and nymphs of insects. It is almost a micro-ecosystem on its own! It is good not just for the birds and bees. This gorgeous plant looks beautiful and has dozens of health benefits. As humans our relationship with this plant can be traced back for centuries. We used every part of the plant - the root, the leaves and the flowers. Dandelions are rich in antioxidants and calcium. They have been used by human beings for treatments for everything from damage to the skin and liver to urinary tract infections and also for treating dreadful diseases like scurvy.  The plant is a medicinal treasure trove. May people do not know that It is an important, abundant and nutritious food source too. The number of recipes from pancakes to wine, from salads to tea and tonics are just incredible. In the UK, we source food and medicine from all over the world (food miles) when such a nutritious plant exists right in our back gardens. Instead of honouring this plant for its benefits, we are encouraged to spray nasty harmful chemicals and destroy it. We should all recognise how to regularly harvest the plant rather than spray chemicals and destroy it. Both adults and children love the plant. Without the negative media and commercials, most people would feel happy when they see a lawn full of Dandelion flowers. It is natural to feel happy seeing bright yellow flowers on a sunny day with bees hovering around them. Children like playing with seedheads and flowers. However, commercial weed killer companies who aim only for profits and have no wisdom or respect for the natural flora and fauna of our country have been responsible for creating a false and negative opinion that when people see a lawn full of Dandelion flowers instead of feeling happy they are made to feel embarrassed and clear the grass off all the Dandelions. These commercials make us feel these plants are supposed to be destroyed. Stop using computer graphics to portray the Dandelion in commercials as a terrible invasive demon. That is only a one-sided view aimed at making profits for the pesticide companies. Together let us beat this negative and false opinion. Let us help build and promote a society where we respect and appreciate plants with flowers, roots and leaves which are helpful and beneficial to us and to wildlife.

Sandesh D'Souza
643 supporters