As someone who lived in Scotland for many years I was absolutely delighted when I read my RSPB “Bird” magazine, and would like to quote an article from this month’s August edition entitled Lewis windfarm update:
“With the period for comments on the Lewis wind power proposal now closed, we are delighted that the Scottish Executive received almost 11,400 objections and only 59 letters of support. This represents the level of opposition both locally and across the UK to this damaging proposal.
“We will continue to press the new Executive to turn down this application or hold a public inquiry to consider the issues in more detail.”
I trust that the Green Party and its friends will take note.
I was also delighted to learn that the RSPB, with other groups, is pressing Prime Minister Gordon Brown to ensure that the first Queen’s Speech of his premiership introduces a Marine Bill.
The spectacular diversity of wildlife in the UK’s seas faces a serious and growing threat from human activities and needs protection urgently. This is something to which we in North Devon should give our total support.
Many depend on tourism. We must protect the life in our seas. Less than one-hundredth of 1 per cent of the UK’s waters are fully protected.
Since 1981 only three Marine Nature Reserves have been designated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act – Lundy Island, North Devon; Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, and Strangford Lough, County Down. Our seas must have proper protection – now.
In due course we shall organise signature sheets in support of this Marine Bill and hope the people of North Devon will show the Government that we are as keen to protect creatures in our oceans as we are to protect our local wildlife and landscapes.
7 August 2007
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