Please Help Save Lodge Hill and Stop a Damaging Precedent for all of England’s Protected Places

Once again Medway Council is trying to destroy Lodge Hill, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of the last strongholds for nightingales in the UK. The nightingale population has dropped by 90% in only 50 years. The decline of the species is so alarming that nightingales are listed amongst our most threatened birds on the UK Red List.

Please help save Lodge Hill, other SSSIs and the nightingales by taking part in the RSPB’s campaign action. Thank you.

Activate!

Activate is Born Free’s letter-writing team.

Activate’s team takes action on a variety of animal welfare and conservation issues, both for Born Free and for other animal organisations whose work they support. Every four months, you will receive details about a new challenge and with Born Free’s help send personal letters or e-mails to the relevant decision-makers.

Recent Activate successes include:

  • stopping the export of wild-caught elephants from Borneo to Japan
  • stopping the use of live lion cubs in Disneyland Paris parades
  • stopping the ‘Drunken Monkey’ UK TV adverts using infant chimps
  • stopping the use of lion and tiger cubs for tourist photos in a Spanish theme park
  • stopping Veda the elephant being sent from India to an Armenian zoo
  • stopping the construction of a new oil terminus which would have damaged Siberian tiger habitat

Please visit the Activate web page for further details, including how to become part of the team. Thank you.

 

Nightingales

Nightingale NightsPlease help to save the UK’s nightingales. The website highlights just how important it is to ensure the survival of every nightingale population—which means no development at Lodge Hill, Chattenden.

Action Alert: Saama the Elephant in Desperate Need of Veterinary Care

Wildlife Extra reports on Saama, a 27 year old  elephant in the Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Sri Lanka, being in need of veterinary care and the campaign for her to receive such care and be sent to a sanctuary.

Please sign the the petition.  Thank you.

Action Alert: Please Help Save the Nightingale from Extinction

The text below is from a Care2 petition to the UK Prime Minister. At the time of writing this post, the petition has been signed by 48,234 people – please add your name to the petition.  Thank you.

Nightingale

The survival of one of Britain’s most beautiful song birds – the nightingale – is under threat from developers. The UK population of the nightingale has declined by 91 per cent since the 1960s and the entire conservation scheme to save it is at risk because of a huge development on Lodge Hill, an area intrinsic to the survival of the bird.

Land Securities, the biggest property developer in Britain, has been given permission to build 5,000 homes, three primary schools, a nursing home and hotel on Ministry of Defense land at Lodge Hill, which was recently designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England, the government’s environmental protection agency.

Medway Council granted permission for the development despite strong opposition from local residents, a planning inspector, local councilors, as well as several leading environmental groups.

Lodge Hill, once used for bomb disposal training, features ancient woodland and rare grassland alongside ruined buildings that is home to 19 bat roosts, 10 badger setts as well as 84 singing male nightingales, more than 1 per cent of the UK population. The site is also home to the scarcest butterfly in Britain, the Duke of Burgundy, which is only found in 18 small areas of the country.

As part of mitigation plans, Land Securities propose to create alternative nightingale habitat on a 304-hectare site in Essex, located 14 miles north of Lodge Hill. However, there has never before been a successful relocation of nightingales. The bird migrates from Africa to their ancestral breeding grounds in Britain each spring – and there is there no evidence the birds will find the proposed Essex location.

Environmental groups believe the nightingales’ success on Lodge Hill may also be linked to the absence of deer, which destroy the undergrowth where nightingales nest. Deer are present around the proposed Essex mitigation site.

Lodge Hill needs to be preserved as a vital green space for the future of the nightingale as well as the other species that thrive in the area. Please sign and share the petition to help save the nightingales of Britain from extinction.