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nature

23 petitions

Update posted 7 days 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. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A.  Increased recreational activity and the introduction of 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
3,148 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Minister Eoghan Murphy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

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 issued falls under Minister Eoghan Murphy's Department of Housing which allows BioAtlantis Aquamarine 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
5,675 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to CARDIFF COUNTY COUNCIL, Cllr. Huw Thomas

Create a Country Park in Trowbridge & St. Mellons north and west of Hendre Lake

A country park on land north and west of the very popular but not very extensive Hendre Lake Park in St. Mellons (Trowbridge Ward of Cardiff) offers huge opportunities for improving leisure, education and the environment and wildlife in east Cardiff. A large area of land has been declared flood plain under the city's Local Development Plan and cannot be used as planned for decades for residential development and is unsuitable for commercial development too. The land, which was formerly under pasture and arable farming has not been so used for almost sixty years and thus may well have never been treated with agricultural chemicals. It is criss-crossed by reens (drainage ditches) which support nationally rare and interesting flora and fauna (including otters). A new secondary school will open in September 2017 adjacent to this land and thus teachers will be able to use the country park as a resource to underpin the national curriculum. The currently existing small extent of Hendre Lake Park gets pretty crowded on nice days with dog-walkers, joggers, anglers and nature lovers all jostling over limited space and to some extent displacing timid wildlife.  A country park in east St. Mellons (on the border with Newport) will attract tourists and day trippers, photographers and naturalists as well as families looking for something to do on a nice day, especially if some exciting proposals that the lead petitioner has in mind are included in the offer.

Trowbridge & St. Mellons Community Development Association
44 supporters