As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Lydd Airport extension decision prompts legal challenge from RSPB

High stakes
May 2013. The RSPB has issued a legal challenge to the Government's decision to allow the expansion of Lydd Airport in Kent. The proposals - which will damage the nearby protected wildlife area of Dungeness - was given the go ahead in April by Eric Pickles, the communities and local government secretary, and Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary.

‘Dungeness is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world'

Chris Corrigan, RSPB South East Regional Director, said: "Dungeness is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world; it is protected at global, European and UK levels. It is home to species found hardly anywhere else in the UK. It is also a crossroads for migrating birds stopping off on their epic global journeys.

"The RSPB has been protecting birds and the wildlife of Dungeness for over a century - our commitment to the area is deep and profound. Over recent years, our concerns about the impact of expanding nearby Lydd Airport led to the need to argue our case at a Public Inquiry. The inspector found in favour of the Airport's proposals - and his report was completely endorsed in the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and for Transport's Decision. We are profoundly concerned about this decision as it seems perverse.

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