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nature

18 petitions

Update posted 5 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
2,701 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Newcastle city council

Don't Hem in Havannah

Newcastle Great Park wants to build 1,200 houses and a school within metres of Havannah Nature Reserve, in Newcastle. Havannah is a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Nature Conservation Interest 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. 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. 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. The proposed number of houses far exceeds – by hundreds – the number originally intended for the site, which was designated, until recently, as employment land. So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate wildlife populations within and around the reserve.  An increase in recreational activity and domestic pets will have a severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and disturbance.  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
2,123 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to El Consejero, El Alcalde, El Director

Conserva Valdevaqueros, nuestro paraíso natural!

(IN ENGLISH BELOW) Estamos en contra de la planeada construcción de otro chiringuito y un parking en Casa Porros, Valdevaqueros, por el impacto negativo que tendría en el entorno natural. Luchamos para conservar este sitio mágico en su estado natural y libre. La Comisión Europea ya ha declarado que no va a autorizar ningún proyecto de 'desarrollo' en la zona. Agaden Ecologistas han dicho que 'No podemos estar de acuerdo en crear una bolsa de aparcamiento dentro del parque natural de 400 coches cuando va a haber una gran afección paisajística que va en contra de los valores de creación del parque. La zona esta considerado como Espacio Libre de dominio y uso público y cualquier actividad que se desarolle en el interior de esta zona se realizará directamente por la administración y serán de acceso libre y son de nulo aprovechamiento.' La Consejería de Cultura ha declarado que 'Solo se permitirán aquellos intervenciones, usos y actividades encaminadas a la protección, conservación o investigación del yacimiento arqueológico'. Dado este contexto legal, queremos saber como y porque el Ayuntamiento de Tarifa y la Consejería de Medio Ambiente han dado permiso a este proyecto. Pedimos que paralizan su continuación lo más pronto posible.   We are against the planned construction of another beach bar and car park in Casa Porros, Valdevaqueros, due to the negative impact it would have on the natural environment. We strive to conserve this magical place as a natural and free area.

Harry Stevenson
636 supporters