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Offsetting negative impacts on wildlife

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 8th December 2015

NATURE The Farlington Marshes Picture: Ian Cameron-Reid

Dr David Rumble, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s head of conservation strategy on the effects of development on wildlife

All the major political parties agree on one thing: the nation needs more houses, and our two counties are seen as a good place to build many of them. At Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust we regularly raise concerns about potential impacts of development on our precious wildlife, but Hampshire still faces the prospect of tens of thousands of new homes locally.

The next best thing is to attempt to introduce measures to reduce their impact on wildlife. But what does that involve?

In some cases a new development can provide new green spaces – attractive accessible places for new residents to walk their dogs, run and cycle.

This is important as it means more sensitive wildlife havens get to keep the peace and quiet they need.

But all too often it’s not possible to provide enough of the right kind of green spaces with new homes, and instead, a strategic approach is needed to offset the negative impacts on wildlife.

We at the trust helped to set up a study a few years ago to understand the current and future impacts of development on the protected birdlife of the Solent. Coastal areas like Southampton Water and Portsmouth Harbour provide vital resting and feeding areas for migratory birds, some of whom fly thousands of miles from Siberia to visit our shores.

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Winchester People's Procession for Paris

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Date: Sunday, 29th November 2015

Time: 10:00am to 11:10am

Location: Abbey Gardens to Winchester railway station

 

WinACC is organising a People’s Procession for Paris to show our support for a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2degrees C.

2015 is a crucial year for the future of humanity, leading up to the Paris climate conference in December.

Gather in Abbey Gardens Winchester at 10.00 am

Process, with music, along Winchester High Street to the railway station for a short rally at about 11.00 am and see off the group travelling by train to the national demonstration in London.

Please join us if you represent an organisation, bring your banner, wear your t-shirt or uniform if you have one. We need people to be a steward so please volunteer.

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Building a picture of our native birds

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 23rd November 2015

Peregrine Falcon

A peregrine falcon Photo: David Foker

 

Dr David Rumble, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s head of conservation strategy, talks about how our birds are faring

Birds in particular have seen some ups and downs – including the Dartford warbler which has partially bounced back from its population collapse in the 1960s, thanks to conservation work by the trust and others.

However, this is just one glimpse of the overall picture of our local birds.

The only way to build up an accurate picture across the county is with people power.

An army of volunteers have contributed information to the latest Hampshire Bird Atlas – the newly published guide by Hampshire Ornithological Society. Here are some of their findings:

 

Willow tit (-)

Willow tit have declined in Hampshire after their range shrunk across the UK. It is now rarely found outside the north and west of the county, and has been the focus for survey and conservation efforts under the trust-led project, Winning Ways for Wildlife. Climate change and fragmentation of its woodland habitat are suspected causes of its decline.

Peregrine falcon (+)

This iconic species has only regularly nested in Hampshire since 1993 – and now some 18 nesting pairs have been recorded.

The species has recovered following a crackdown on persecution and the banning of certain pesticides. Peregrines have also adapted well to an increasingly urban Hampshire, nesting on buildings, cranes and chimneys in our towns and cities.

Little egret (+)

A rarity just a few years ago, little egret have now established approximately six breeding colonies in Hampshire. This small white heron has been able to survive because milder winters cause their prey to remain active for longer.

Redshank (-)

Since the last atlas, numbers of breeding redshank have declined significantly.

Whilst the species remain a frequent winter visitor to the coast, breeding numbers in our river valleys and wetlands have declined due to disturbance and rising sea levels. Redshank breed at Farlington Marshes nature reserve but has all but disappeared from the Lower Test Marshes.

 

Visit www.hiwwt.org.uk for more information on local birds and the reserves mentioned above.

To order a copy of the latest Bird Atlas, visit hos.org.uk

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