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 Leaflet. There is no planning application listed on New Forest District Council’s website yet, but full details of the application should appear there shortly.
On 18 September 2017, Natural England published its latest update on radio and satellite tracking data of UK hen harriers. Click here to for the latest information.
Disappointingly, only 5 people turned out for what proved to be an exciting field trip to Portland. On the Bill there were wheatears and meadow pipits everywhere you looked, but only a single yellow wagtail found. The start at Portland was a very obliging buff-breasted sandpiper. A quick glimpse of the wryneck was all that was obtained, and then only by one person. A stop at Lodmoor on the way back yielded a least sandpiper, great white egret, and marsh harrier, with very distant views of a stilt sandpiper. Read the full read on the RSPB national site by clicking HERE.
Disappointingly, we chose the one day over a two week period when it rained all day for our annual trip to Warsash and Hook Spit. Four people braved the weather and turned up, although they were reluctant to vacate their vehicles and it was decided that as the forecast was for the weather to worsen, we would abandon the walk.
Don’t forget our next walk is on 14 September 2017 when we will be heading down to Portland Bill to see if there is anything unusual turning up on the autumn migration. Usually, a good trip even if migrants are thin on the ground. Please car share if possible – contact through the Contact Us form if you need or can offer a lift. We will meet at Cheyne Weares car park at 10.00 am (SY 693 705).
Our last Indoor Meet of the 2016/17 season will be on Wednesday 13 September at 7.30 at Lyndhurst Community Centre, when Gordon Small will be giving an illustrated talk of the wildlife of Finland. Also, a good time to arrange your car sharing for Portland.