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Inglorious 12th

August 12, 2015

Hen Harrier Day in the Goyt Valley, the Buxton weekend as well as the series of HHD gatherings are best read via Mark Avery’s Standing up for nature blog.

2015 HH Day logo

Today marks the beginning of the grouse season, once upon a time billed as the ‘glorious 12th’ but the ‘moor’ one delves into the practices associated with the ‘sport’ the ‘moor’ one sees it as a historical land use and no longer fit for public purpose.  Today also sees Avery’s epetition racing towards 13,000 signatures and in all likelihood passing the milestone by midnight.  If you’ve not already signed it, then read his book Inglorious – Conflict in the Uplands to see a reasoned case for banning driven grouse shooting, and in so doing better protecting the peat to act as a carbon sink, water purification service amongst a whole series of extremely important ecosystem services.  Even the Independent appear to question the economic argument to provide sport for around two thirds of an ‘Old Trafford crowd’.  If you’ve already signed it then present the case to your friends, family and network?

Chris Packham in the latest edition of BBC Wildlife, rightly offers comment on the poor performance of politicians in terms of the environment and conservation.  Since 1970 he reports the loss of some 44 million birds from our countryside (The State of the UK’s Birds 2012), then he reflects on the ‘mysterious disappearance’ this spring of five of the last breeding hen harriers in England. The piece is Packham at his best, passionate and erudite and he asks “What tragedy will wake us all from lethargy and shake us into action?” 

Over the next few years we may well see the continued ‘disposal’ of public assets to private profiteers, it wasn’t that long ago that the sell off of the forest estate was abandoned but if you follow that topic then one might be forgiven for wondering if it were not being undertaken via other avenues?  Natural England were looking at disposal of the series of National Nature Reserves (NNRs).  Will we see continued erosion of protection as planning becomes less regulated?  Building in floodplains?  With the abandoning of the requirement to register contaminated land might there be an increase in building on post industrial brownfield sites?

We were reminded recently, of our failure to take better account of the sheer power of nature in the form of increased flood events when Jeremy Purseglove, Dr Paul Buckland and Prof. Ian Rotherham graphically illustrated catastrophic failure to heed history and prepare for increased incidences consequential of changes in land management and other practices.

Published in 2008 & since when increased incidences have occured, some in our region catastrophic.

Published in 2008 & since when increased incidences have occured, some in our region catastrophic.

Perhaps when the misery is wrought people will realise the politicians, civil servants and Public Bodies have agendas other than the public benefit?

What can be done about the disregard of the natural environment, fundamental to all life?  What are the statutory agencies and authorities doing to ensure that the law is adhered to?  What are the large membership organisations doing?  What can we do as individuals do?

With champions leading the way then the critical mass of collaborative endeavour can effect change, if we can continue to build a momentum because tomorrow is too late to hope that we can catch a shuttle to another habitable planet ….

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‘Moor’ meetings & other conservation campaign updates

July 22, 2015

A reminder that the Hen Harrier Day 2015 is Sunday 9 August

2015 HH Day logo

the various venues are detailed here but the ‘local’ event is to be held in the PEAK DISTRICT with the location confirmed as Goytsclough Quarry

The Goyt Valley, Derbyshire OS Grid Reference SK 011 733

There’s also an event the evening before HHD in Buxton at the Palace Hotel, more information and how to book can be found via Standing up for nature website.

 IT’S BACK …. the long awaited return of the Government epetition website, so those readers who are supportive of the stance taken by proactive conservation campaigners in ‘challenging’ the established incalcitrant stance exhibited by Government are invited to consider adding their names to it again. 3,272 already, read some of the history behind ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’ creation and the renewed epetition campaign progress here.

[Ban Driven] Grouse shooting for ‘sport’ depends on intensive habitat management which damages protected wildlife sites, increases water pollution, increases flood risk, increases greenhouse gas emissions and too often leads to the illegal killing of protected wildlife such as Hen Harriers.

RSPB , 7 March 2014 ‘…burning drainage and other forms of intensive land management in England’s iconic peat-covered hills are threatening to create a series of environmental catastrophes’

Inglorious conflict in the uplands (a book on why we should ban driven grouse shooting)  See also Standing up for nature where the reasoned rationale is presented.

Dr Dick Potts, scientist, 1998 ‘…a full recovery of Hen Harrier breeding numbers is prevented by illegal culling by some gamekeepers’

Chris Packham addressing Hen Harrier Day rally, August 2014 ‘We will win!’

It has a deadline of 21 January 2016, so clearly the new offer is a reduced one in line with the proposed 40% cuts across Government Departments.

It’s already raced to the first 1000, can collective connservationists and campaigners get it to that ‘target’ 100k by the reduced deadline?

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition (what are the odds on a recycle of their previous reply)

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in ParliamentThe Government website ‘boasts’ …. Parliament hasn’t debated any petitions yet but we note that another epetion has been started which calls for a Parliamentary recall if 100k signatures are reached it’s what we pay for …. now there’s a challenge?  Which other sector gets a 10% payrise and an immediate recess?
It’s interesting that the Government still use the same old software which fails to identify accurately people’s MPs. But hey, do Government or civil servants do accuracy?  Perhaps I should start writing to their offering maybe then the error will be addressed, then again …. there’s bigger fish to fry or harrier haters to harry?

Remember also that we have “The Flood Untamed” with Jeremy Purseglove, Dr Paul Buckland and Prof. Ian D Rotherham at Crowle Community Hall (DN17 4LL) on Friday 31 July. 

2015 TtF front cover

To book a place please contact execsec@thmcf.org

Taming the Flood?

July 12, 2015

A reminder that readers can hear the author’s presentation of “The Flood Untamed” on 31 July at Crowle Community Hall. 

Tickets a nominal £5 to defray refreshments and light buffet lunch.  Booking essential and is by contacting execsec@thmcf.org.uk

2015 TtF front cover

Back in print, the classic tale of man’s attempts to master nature and the consequences.  This new volume brings an update to the 1988 edition and includes the 2014 floods.

There is reference to our beloved moors but sadly the term ‘waste’ is retained, a derogatory term inflicted by the cartographers of yesteryear and in an age where perhaps the word did not have quite the same negative image.   Frustratingly it is repeated on the current OS maps despite reference to the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve.  Why couldn’t Natural England make representation to the OS to have the derogatory term removed and consigned to the Cassini Historical Series of Maps?  It might have been a persuasive case that statute at long last recognises the value of the peatlands as carbon sinks and wildlife sites?

The line up of speakers also includes Dr Paul Buckland on recent work

Floodplains and the fossil record: What should we be aiming for?

And introducing Prof. Ian D Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University

Here comes the flood. Surprised?  How history should inform future water management.

The Flood Untamed?

May 24, 2015

We are pleased to provide advance notification of a forthcoming event, a series of presentations by well known speakers.  

Readers old enough may recall the television series and book, written by Jeremy Purseglove some twenty five years ago. This presentation is timely as it co-incides with his revised and updated edition of the book and we hope to have some copies available on the day.

Dr Paul Buckland and Prof. Ian D Rotherham are also two well known and interesting speakers, well qualified to discuss the issue of wetlands and flooding.

The Flood Untamed webposter

Please book early (tickets will be issued) and note that whilst there may be an option to pay (same price) on the door on the day we will not be able to cater for any late comers beyond tea / coffee.  It is advisable and helpful from an administrative perspective if potential attendees would pre-book.

Click on the image to enlarge.

 

Annual Meeting

April 8, 2015

The Executive are pleased to provide advance notification of the Annual Meeting

Friday 17 April 2015

 The main feature is a talk by Dr Paul Buckland

 Just keep taking the tablets. Professional and amateur involvement

in the future of Thorne and Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire.

The talk looks at ‘citizen science’ and the role and contribution of amateurs and by the professionals.  Anyone familiar with Dr Buckland’s style is assured of an interesting and enlightening presentation.  The talk is a variation on one which was given in October 2014 to the AES & BES at their Invertebrate Conservation Conference in London.

 We are hoping that there will be another presentation on recent works but details are being finalised and we hope will be available soon.

Any reader interested in receiving ‘moor’ details then please contact execsec@thmcf.org

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