Support for blanket bog complaint

Monday 15th October 2012

Merlin cpt David LongshawMerlin cpt David Longshaw

The Wildlife Trusts support the RSPB's decision to take a formal complaint to the European Commission over the damage to an area of globally-threatened blanket bog habitat at Walshaw Moor, West Yorkshire.

We need to secure this foundation and be the generation that puts nature back on the map.

Sites of international wildlife importance are at the heart of securing nature’s recovery.  So vital are they to the natural environment, they are afforded the highest protection.  This duty of protection must be honoured and ensuring they are well managed, and defending them against damaging activities is, therefore, essential.

Previous generations have striven to put in place the legal tools to protect these special places.  We need to secure this foundation and be the generation that puts nature back on the map.

Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), designated through the 1992 EU Habitats Directive, and Special Protected Areas (SPA), designated through the Birds Directive, are the foundations on which nature’s recovery across England can begin.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, led by the country's leading practitioner expert on blanket bogs, Dr Rob Stoneman, has issued a longer statement, which can be read in full here.

More information about such habitats can be found at http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife/habitats/blanket-bog

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