Say “Yes”

 

 

 

Let’s keep in touch on your terms

“Saying yes will keep you in touch with everything you love about the RSPB’s work and our cause” says RSPB Chief Executive Mike Clarke

The RSPB has a fantastic track record of achieving amazing results for nature. And we couldn’t do this without the tremendous support given and actions taken by our members and supporters. This includes you, our fantastic Local Group members. Together, we do great things for nature.

Now we’re asking our members and supporters to “Say Yes to the RSPB” and opt in to hearing from us on their terms. It’s about them having more control over their relationship with us. It’s about strengthening our connection.

We need existing members and supporters to opt in before May 2018 (when new rules come into effect) and give their express permission for us to contact them. If they don’t, we won’t be able to keep in touch directly about our work and developments, about getting involved, and about supporting the RSPB in other ways – for example, through volunteering, supporting an appeal or taking part in an activity or campaign. We will be able only to contact those people about their membership and/or in their existing role as a volunteer.

As a member of a Local Group, your support is invaluable to the RSPB.We’d love you to “Say Yes” and tell us how you want to hear from us in the future. Were we unable to contact you or ask for your help when nature needs it, our ability to work for nature would be greatly diminished.

If you’re an RSPB member and receive winter’s Nature’s Home, make sure you read the letter from Mike and make your opt-in choices online, via our dedicated phone line or by filling in and returning the paper form. If you’ve already made your choices, thanks very much.

If you aren’t a member, as an active supporter you can make your opt-in choices now. Go to rspb.org.uk/yes or call 0300 777 2610 (open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, calls charged at standard rate). Please also help us by encouraging family and friends who are RSPB members or supporters to make their choices too.

The passion and commitment of our members and supporters keeps the RSPB going in our work for nature. Saying “Yes” will keep us strong. And please do the same for all those other nature conservation charities you might support. We need to stay together to help save nature.

Thank you!

Photo credit: Kingfisher Yes image by Andy Astbury/Fotolia

Fawley Power Station redevelopment

Currently, a series of public exhibitions are taking place on the proposal by Fawley Waterside Ltd to redevelop the Fawley Power Station site – today (Thursday 28 September 2017) at St Francis Church, Langley and on Friday and Saturday (29/30 September 2017) at Jubilee Hall, Fawley (all 2 pm to 8 pm).

It is proposed to create a new community of 1500 homes and “up to 2000 jobs”, as well as creating a marina/dock which can take boats up to 2000 tons.  It is recognised that the site is in, or borders, two SPAs, a SSSI and Ramsar designated site and ecological assessments have been made and mitigation measures proposed for replacing or creating habitat for birds, plants and wildlife.  There are also measures to try to reduce human (and dog) activity along the foreshore.  One may wish to question whether the mitigation is sufficient and whether it would work as suggested.

The redevelopment team will be at the exhibitions to answer questions, but if you cannot get to an exhibition, you can review the presentation by downloading the Public Exhibitions LeafletThere is no planning application listed on New Forest District Council’s website yet, but full details of the application should appear there shortly.

New Forest Winter Bird Survey

Volunteer surveyors are needed to help with the New Forest Winter Bird Survey.  The survey is particularly designed to monitor the numbers of hen harriers and great grey shrikes over wintering in the New Forest, but also counts winter thrushes and other resident and migratory species.

If you are interested in taking part, please please via the Contact Us form and you message will be forwarded to the survey coordinator.

Birds of Poole Harbour

We have just received the following letter:

“Hello there,

I am emailing from a very sunny Dorset to let you and your RSPB local group members about the upcoming RSPB and Birds of Poole Harbour Dorset Autumn Discovery Tour.

The RSPB has been running wildlife tours in Dorset for 3 years and the events are growing in popularity.

Our next Dorset tour runs in early September and will focus on returning migrants such as osprey, redstart and spotted flycatchers, on incredibly rare reptiles such as the smooth snake and a whole host of other wildlife.

The tours are run by RSPB and BoPH staff who work on the sites we’ll be visiting, we get to access areas of RSPB reserves not usually open to the public and all profits go back into conservation what could be better!

Here is a link to information regarding the Autumn tour

If you or any of your group members have any questions regarding the tours please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards
Rob Farrington”

If you would like RSPB New Forest Local Group to arrange a group booking, please use the Contact Us form to let me know.

Roseate Tern Project

At this week’s AGM, Matt and Charlotte of RSPB gave us a presentation on the LIFE funded Roseate Tern Project and the actions that have been taken to date on the Keyhaven/Pennington Marshes and Needs Ore.  The long tern aim is to encourage roseate terns back to The Solent as a breeding bird; formerly they did nest in small numbers in the area.  The first stage is to improve the breeding opportunities and breeding success of common terns as a healthy common tern colony is a prerequisite for attracting roseates to the area.

When you are bird-watching in the area, look out for tern rafts, modifications to breakwaters and new shingle banks on the sea-side of the marshes.  Matt and Charlotte would appreciate your records of tern activity in the area and whether these innovations are successfully supporting breeding terns.  Records can be sent in via the Contact Us form, which will be forwarded to Matt and Charlotte.