Posts Tagged ‘Privatisation of the Land Registry’

Latest nightjar count reveals decline, robust science needs to establish why?

July 16, 2014

The annual ‘census’ or count of nightjar on Thorne, Goole, Crowle and Hatfield Moors has been completed.    Numbers are down on Hatfield Moors, but one more churring male has been recorded from Thorne Moors this season.

Thorne and Crowle Moors received two visits each and Hatfield three.  These visits were undertaken in June.  On Thorne, Goole and Crowle Moors 54 territories were mapped, on Hatfield there were 33 which is five down on 2013 numbers.

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The table above shows the population trend over the last ten years.  Courtesy of Natural England.

Whilst recognising that the methodology is an accepted standard one it does not evidence breeding or fledging success. The last research undertaken on the Humberhead population was back in the last decade, 2000 to be precise. Given the ever increasing numbers of wind turbines then one might reasonably expect some robust science to be commissioned particularly in light of the additional pressure created by increased visitor numbers (dog walkers, bikes and horses and even three quad bikes on Sunday) subsequent to the Dedication of the NNR as Open Access?


Definitive evidence of Reeves Muntjac on Thorne Moors was captured on camera by a sharp eyed observer, Rob Watson on 8 June.  Natural England are keen to receive records of sightings, please take as much details as possible and contact their NNR office or staff directly with sightings.


We are pleased to report that the attempt to privatise the Land Registry has been abandoned.

The Cabinet reshuffle has taken place and casualties have been recorded across a variety of media, but one of the departures which will perhaps be being celebrated in many quarters is that of the badger hater, Owen Paterson who has been culled, or perhaps temporarily translocated?  Who could forget the suggeston of replacing ancient trees with 100 saplings, the neonictiniod saga and discounting the evidence based science when it didn’t agree with his plan?    There is an excellent report and analyses of his tenure as Environment portfolio holder which can be found through ‘a new nature blog’.  Miles King provides a series of issues which Paterson will be remembered for and asks if there were any redeeming features?  Mark Avery too provides a political perspective on Paterson’s 22 months in office and reminds us that there are only 295 days left to ‘christmas’.  In the interim we must make sure that his replacement Liz Truss is left in no doubt about the importance of the natural environment and the expectation that it will be protected not offset by biodiversity mitigation to silence those who previously championed safeguard.


A recent visit to Thorne Moors was rewarded by a Forester Moth as the first species recorded after stepping out of the car, Forester is a delightful moth and has also been recorded from Crowle recently.

Record shot, which flew as I moved in for the close up!

Record shot, which flew as I moved in for the close up!

Phil Lee did a better job  in terms of close up with his Crowle specimen.

Phil Lee did a better job in terms of close up with his Crowle specimen.


It was pleasing recently to receive a report of Emperor Moth sightings near a fishery on the eastern periphery of Hatfield Moors.  Is this iconic species expanding its local range or is it a case of an increase in observers?

This stunning image by Tim Melling shows a female Emperor Moth.

This stunning image by Tim Melling shows a female Emperor Moth.

‘Moor’ campaigns …. Privatisation of the Land Registry?

June 10, 2014

The attempted sell off of the Nation’s Forestry Estate, the abandoned giving away of public owned NNRs, selling off the Royal  Mail …. now it’s the turn of the Land Registry.

According to the 38 degree petition website:

Privatisation of the Land Registry will create a private sector monopoly of a function essential to the property market. It will remove competition and devalue the Land Registry.

The Land Registry is a very efficient public organisation that is self funding and is not a drain on public finance. It has a 98% satisfaction rating with its users.

The public consultation on government proposals to privatise the Land Registry closed on Thursday 20th March. There has been no publicity or attempt to inform the public of this radical change to an organisation that is vital to the UK property market.

Another consultation on giving the Land Registry wider powers in the control of data essential to the sale and purchase of property closed earlier with the majority of the public not being aware if it’s existence.

The Land Registry is well run, efficient and professional. If the government is to sell off one of our best performing public services, the wider public needs to be able to have its say.

The public consultation is at

But, the consultation deadline is past.  Did anyone see any publicity about it, where was it advertised?  Why were the press quiet?

More information on the campaign to Save the Land Registry can be found on their website here.  At the moment there are some 71,458 signatures on the 38 degree epetition here.  That’s pretty good going for just two months.

If readers are minded to consider signing then the petition then from what we can establish there appear to be two, both of equal merit: one on the 38 degree epetition website here but also one on the GOV.UK website No sale or privatisation of the Land Registry.  Currently it has received around 7,000 signatures.

We’ve all witnessed the power of epetitions, the forest sell off abandoned (unless you know differently).  Chris Packham managed to get the Maltese Massacre of Migration discussed in Parliament.  Mark Avery is doing well with his ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’, again he chose the GOV.UK website simply to raise the profile of the issue in Westminster.  His target ahead of the ‘inglorious’ 12th is to achieve 5,000 signatures.  Thus far there are approaching 3,700.  Avery admits that it is unlikely that he will succeed but he has raised the issue that the Intensive management of upland areas for the ‘sport’ of grouse shooting has led to the near-extinction of the protected Hen Harrier in England, as well as increased risk of flooding, discolouration of drinking water, degradation of peatbogs and impacts on other wildlife.

I can only imagine what ‘WB’ would have to say about the Land Registry privatisation proposal.  He was a master of research and scoured such institutions in search of antiquated documents, historic manuscripts and the like as evidence for his causes, if the Land Registry is privatised then what chance the ‘commoner’?

The law locks up the man or woman

Who steals the goose from off the common

But leaves the greater villain loose

Who steals the common from off the goose.

The law demands that we atone

When we take things we do not own

But leaves the lords and ladies fine

Who take things that are yours and mine.

The poor and wretched don’t escape

If they conspire the law to break;

This must be so but they endure

Those who conspire to make the law.

The law locks up the man or woman

Who steals the goose from off the common

And geese will still a common lack

Till they go and steal it back.

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