The RSPB is campaigning to get the Welsh Government to reconsider proposals to divert the M4 motorway at Newport through the fragile SSSIs that make up the Gwent Levels. See Martin Harper’s Blog or add you name to RSPB’s petition HERE.
First of this year’s blackbird fledglings in my garden today and goldfinches nesting just outside the window. How’s spring panning out in your garden?
Davog Mccloskey of Peach Ecology is advising a housing company building in Kings Worthy, Winchester. The company is very keen to erect a swift tower equipped with sound equipment to attract swifts to the site before they start building. The houses will be equipped with swift nest boxes so hopefully the erection of a swift tower will increase the chances of colonisation of the site.
Davog has done a data search of the local area with Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre and couldn’t find any records of swifts or their nest sites within 1km of the site. The approximate postcode is SO23 7NU.
Does anyone know of any nearby places where they are nesting? If so, please respond using the CONTACT US form and the information will be forwarded to Hampshire Swifts.
Well we know where some are as we have seen them on Blackwell Common, but some of those being radio tracked by BTO are still down in Spain. To read more about the cuckoo tracking project click HERE.
With the campaign period now officially underway here is some information on the RSPB’s position. The RSPB will not be telling people which way they should vote, but encourage people to ask questions of campaigners on all sides of the argument how their proposition will affect nature.
I am very pleased to let you know that the number of RSPB members has continued to grow over the past year – the official member number for April 2016 is now 1,187,839.
This is an all time high and, what’s more, means that in the past three years we have increased the number of members by over 100,000 (103,012 to be exact!).
Supporters of the RSPB have also been incredibly generous through legacies, and we have had a record breaking year with over £33m income.
In a year that has seen media and political challenges over the role and activity of charities, these results are a powerful statement of the public’s commitment to our cause.
Last year RSPB supporters also led the charge in the largest ever response to a European Commission consultation, as part of the #DefendNature Campaign. It’s a reminder of just how vital our members and supporters are for RSPB’s impact.
It is important that our strategy, Saving Nature, keeps pace with a changing external world and Council has recently approved a new RSPB statement of strategic intent towards 2030. This represents a significant development, driven by our commitment to create the conditions for success for nature conservation.
Our strategy to save nature is simple:
- Our world-class conservation work is rooted in sound science and evidence
- We inspire and enable everyone to do their bit – especially our members – because the challenge is too big to do alone
- We lead partnerships and encourage policy-makers to take the right decisions for nature – to have impact at scale.
And, the heart of this strategy is our relationship with our members and supporters.
In the coming months, you will see and hear much more and also have the chance to discuss our strategic imperatives, including with me and other Board members, and to look at how the contribution you and your colleagues make will bring these to life and enable us to save more nature.
The reason for the growing support for the RSPB and the public’s engagement with nature is the tremendous work by you and all our fantastic team of staff and volunteers – day in, day out.
Whatever your role, wherever you are based…Thank you!
With best wishes,
UK Headquarters The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL
Tel 01767 693283
The “fitness check” on the EU Birds and Nature Directives, which is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures, has now been published. The general finding is that they are effective at minimal costs to business and governments. The Directives are, however, still under threat and as the State of Nature in the EU report last year found, nature is still in crisis across Europe.
Birdlife International has published From Nature Alert to Action summarising the “fitness check” report and setting out what it believes should happen next. For more information visit Martin Harper’s Blog.
Our next walk will be on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at Kings Copse, Blackfield. It will go through heathland and woodland with a chance to see early butterflies as well spring migrant warblers. Last year the walk was also good for raptors. The walk starts at 10.00 am, meet at the Blackwell Common car park (SU 436 016).