The RSPB is here to give nature a home. Without a home
to live in, all of nature is lost. So, when special places for nature are facing a
severe threat, we must act.
Today we need your help to protect these special places
- beginning with Lodge Hill in Kent.
Developers and the local council are proposing to build
5,000 homes in and around the woods where nightingales sing each
summer. This is despite the fact that wildlife protection laws already
recognise Lodge Hill as a nationally important site for the nightingale
- a species we know to be in steep decline.
But the implications are even more far-reaching than the
fate of this wonderful bird.
A must-win for all UK wildlife
If this development goes ahead it
would be the single largest loss of protected land in a generation -
and could set a precedent that threatens every other protected area for
wildlife in the UK.
Without the nature conservation laws that protect
special places, our wildlife would effectively be homeless, with
nowhere to call their own.
At a time when many UK wildlife species are facing
serious declines, that would be nothing less than a conservation
That's why we're issuing our SOS for
Special Places and asking you to help us raise £850,000 for an
emergency fighting fund for 2015.
Take a stand to save nature near you
This one case at Lodge Hill could unravel all the hard
work our casework team are doing right now to save protected areas
across the UK. Each and every one of these cases need your support too.
For example, next to our Forsinard reserve near Strathy
in Sutherland, RSPB Scotland is working with partners to stop multiple
wind farm developments that would undermine our work to restore this
part of the 'Flow Country'.
In Wales, RSPB Cymru is battling to stop protected sites
on the Gwent Levels being blighted by a proposed M4 relief road, which
would drive right through special homes for lapwings, otters, water
voles and one of the UK's rarest bumblebees.
Often, we work with developers to find a win-win
solution for people and wildlife. But when, as in these cases, our
advice is not being taken on board, we have to stand up and be counted.
Answer our SOS for Special Places with your donation
We've reached a critical moment for nature. We're not
just trying to save one area of woodland, essential though it is for
nightingales. We're actually trying to save every special place for
wildlife in the UK.
So please make a donation now and help us raise
this vitally important £850,000 fighting fund. Let's do this together.
Help us stand up for what's right and protect Lodge Hill and the Flow
Country, and all the other special places our casework team are
battling to save.
Head of Casework, RSPB
RSPB Liverpool Local Group. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no' 207076, Scotland no. SC037654