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How Hampshire's nature champion inspires change

Ray Cobbett filling birdfeeders in his garden in Emsworth Credit: Celeste Hicks/Friends of the Earth

Ray Cobbett has spent much of his retirement campaigning with Friends of the Earth’s local group in Havant. He turned 80 this year yet shows no sign of slowing down.

Published on the Friends of the Earth UK website on the 14th January 2019
Story by Celeste Hicks

When Ray Cobbett retired from his job at IBM in the 1990s, he was looking for a project to inject his considerable energy into.

“It was only when I got out of business that I started to reflect on what was happening to the world around us,” he says. “I’d always had a strong sense of what is right and fair, but I’d never had the time to think about how our way of life was impacting the planet.”

Ray looked up his Friends of the Earth local group in Havant, which had been running since the 1970s. Membership had dwindled, but Ray loves a challenge.

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‘Havant is under threat – act now to save our wildlife’

Under Threat, The water vole is a rare sight nowadays
Picture: Derek Middleton, Sussex Wildlife Trust

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 16th January 2019

by Ray Cobbett, from Havant and East Hampshire Friends of the Earth

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust recently described some native species as ‘in freefall’ with significant reductions in water voles, white butterflies, nightingales, ringed plovers and sparrows.

Across the UK the Trust estimated that 56 per cent of species have declined over the past 50 years, with 15 per cent at risk of disappearing altogether.

The losses show no sign of slowing as the government demands tens of thousands of new homes and their infrastructure in South Hampshire mostly built on green fields, including flood plains.

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Plea to ‘save Hampshire’s wildlife’ as stats reveal decline in birds and garden creatures

A nightingale

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th December 2018

Story by Byron Melton

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are urging councils to promote the enhancement of their biodiversity in future planning policy in a bid to ‘save Hampshire’s wildlife’.

Pleas from Havant Friends of the Earth and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust come as statistics lay bare the rate at which species of birds have declined across the county.

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