ACT NOW TO DEFEND NATURE
You may have seen recent publicity about the review of and potential threat to the EU Birds and Habitats Directives arising from a review of their operation led by the European Commission. The RSPB and other members of Wildlife Link organisations are seeking to protect and promote these EU Nature Directives. The Directives provide essential protection to our rarest and most threatened species, and safeguard the best habitats for supporting a diversity of life in the UK and across much of Europe. They drive the fundamental aspects of conservation in the most important places – from managing sites and protecting them from development, to protecting species from human persecution. That’s why we need a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives during the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the Directives. The more people act, the easier it will be to convince EU leaders that the general public really care about nature and won’t tolerate a weakening of its protection.
We would really appreciate the help of you and your members to add their voices to this call. We are asking that everybody takes about 20 minutes to submit a detailed response <http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/nature_fitness_check_en.htm <http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/nature_fitness_check_en.htm> > directly to the European Commission. The more detailed responses they get, the better. The whole survey is multiple choice with one free text question at the end, so taking part is still quite quick and easy. There is an option to complete just Part 1 of the survey which is less detailed but covers the essential points. The attached briefing should help people to answer the questionnaire.
If people do not feel confident to complete the full consultation or do not have time to do so then please take 2 minutes for the one-click action of support which can be accessed through the RSPB website <http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/campaignwithus/defendnature/> . However, please don’t do this as well as completing the full consultation. Obviously completing the full EU questionnaire directly will be the most effective but either will be fantastic.
Please forward the content of this email as you see fit to members, friends or family. If you prefer information can also be accessed and followed by sharing our social media campaign <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23defendnature&src=typd <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23defendnature&src=typd> > (#defendnature)
Paul St Pierre (RSPB Conservation Officer)
Breeding Season Records
As we approach the breeding season, certain sensitive species will no longer be reported on Recent Sightings, for obvious reasons. Please do continue to send records in, as they will be entered on the county database and can be used for planning enquiries, conservation and scientific research.
Choughs March Update
With the choughs’ in Cornwall busy nest building we won’t be reporting sightings online until the summer, but please do continue to send in your records as they are very useful. With some new pairs joining the breeding population it should be a good year!
Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update
To see the latest update on the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project, please go to the RSPB’s farming blog:
Amanda Richardson is taking part in Cornwall Open Studios. One of her new paintings is the Squacco Heron that graced Little Trethewey. Her studio is open 11am-5pm, Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th and Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May.
We have finalised dates for 2015 pelagics on Mermaid II and are now taking bookings. 8 hour trips for £70 leaving at 8am from Penzance harbour on Saturdays 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August. Call 07901 731201 to book.
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