Lower Thames Crossing

URGENT HAVE YOUR SAY!

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Government Lower ‪#‎Thames‬ crossing public exhibitions start Feb 3rd
Full details of ‪#‎Kent‬ ‪#‎Essex‬ consultation dates in Feb/March  here

#‎wildlife‬ #‎natura2000‬ ‪#‎heritage‬ ‪#‎Villages‬ ‪#‎CharlesDickens‬ ‪#‎countryside‬ ‪#‎SSSI‬ ‪#‎GreenBelt‬ ‪#‎ancientwoodland‬
Consultation ends 24th March

KENT WILDLIFE TRUST says

”  Highways England have proposed a ‘Lower Thames Crossing’ taking the form of a tunnel east of Gravesend, connecting with Thurrock, Essex. Two link road options have been proposed, with the ‘Eastern Southern Link Road’ the preferred option. Kent Wildlife Trust is opposed to the proposals for a Thames Crossing at this location (‘Option C’). ”

RSPB says

”  Highways England’s recommended route (known as Option C) passes to the east of Gravesend and runs through (or potentially under, in the case of a bored tunnel) the network of mudflats, salt marsh and grazing land that is the Thames Estuary and Marshes SPA/Ramsar, as well as RSPB Shorne Marshes. This whole area provides a rich mosaic of feeding, roosting and breeding habitats for birds. In addition, there are nationally important sites (protected as Site of Special Scientific Interest, or SSSIs) and ancient woodland that may be affected both north and south of the river.  ”

Lower Thames Crossing RSPB Shorne Marshes “the most important site for breeding waders on the Hoo Peninsula” say RSPB https://t.co/zz9gvYuoA7 ‪#‎LowerThamesCrossing‬ ‪#‎birds‬
Click on how you can help to raise your concerns about possible impacts on our Thames Estuary and Marshes Special Protection Area and Ramsar sites ‪#‎specialbirdarea‬ #birds ‪#‎habitats

Higham says NO to Lower Thames Crossing Option C
Charles Dickens historic landscapes under threat
Lots of information on the Higham Parish website including sample consultation responses and dates for your diary ‪#‎LowerThamesCrossing‬

 

North Kent Marshes self guided Heritage Trails around Cliffe

The Charnel House Project – protecting our heritage

Set in a Hoo Peninsula landscape that inspired Charles Dickens to write ‘Great Expectations’ and overlooking globally important wetlands lies the village of Cliffe and this photograph from Friends of the North Marshes Flickr photostream shows the opening of the restored Charnel House on the 28th June 2008 – one of only three in the whole of Kent – located in the north west corner of St Helens churchyard.

The Charnel House was restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Groundwork Kent & Medway and St Helens PCC. Friends of the North Kent Marshes were proud to be a part of this wonderful project.

Many visitors come to this historic village and as part of the project Friends of the North Kent Marshes produced some free self guided trails around Cliffe to promote and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of this unique area.

Cliffe Heritage Buildings Trail FoNKM

Cliffe Literary Heritage Trail pdf FoNKM

Cliffe Military Heritage Trail FoNKM

Cliffe Industrial Heritage Trail FoNKM pdf

Cliffe Farming Heritage Trail FoNKM

Cliffe Wildlife Heritage Trail

The restoration process can be seen on the interpretation boards outside of the building.

The Charnel House, located in a corner of the graveyard at St Helen's Church in Cliffe, Kent, England.
The Charnel House, located in a corner of the graveyard at St Helen’s Church in Cliffe, Kent, England.

Above photograph by Slaunger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Wetland Wonderland Inches Closer at RSPB Cliffe Pools

Aerial shot of Radar and Black Barn Pools, Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve, Medway, Kent, March 2012
Aerial shot of Radar and Black Barn Pools, Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve, Medway, Kent, March 2012

A vision to create one of the country’s best nature reserves for wetland wildlife has inched closer with planning permissions being secured.
This will allow for clean sand, gravel and clay from construction and tunneling work to be used at Cliffe Pools in North Kent; in addition to the river dredgings we have had to datephoto 2
Working with our commercial partner, Boskalis Westminster, and consultants WYG, we’ll use the excavated material to alter the depth and shape of the man-made lagoons, making them more attractive for wildlife, especially winter migrants and breeding birds such as avocet and common terns.
Development and erosion have reduced the amount of naturally occurring shallow banks and mudflats in the Thames Estuary where birds and other wildlife can feed and breed.
Project Manager Sarah Cooper says: “Cliffe Pools is already a great site for wildlife, but securing these consents allows us over the next few years to create a magnet for waders and wildfowl, which currently struggle to find suitable living space along the Thames. It shows that conservation and business can work together to bring benefits for both wildlife and people.
photo 1 (1)The project perfectly demonstrates the ethos and sense of the European Directives, which encourage such partnerships, and shows why proposals to alter them should be resisted.

Please sign here today to tell politicians not to weaken the European Directives that protect RSPB Cliffe Pools from inappropriate and damaging development such as a Thames Estuary Airport. The consultation closes on the 24th July.

Black-winged stilts arrive at RSPB Cliffe Pools

Black-winged stilts arrive at RSPB Cliffe Pools

A mini influx of black-winged stilts has brought a touch of the Mediterranean to southern England, as two pairs of these exotic-looking wading birds are attempting to nest at RSPB sites in West Sussex and Kent.
It is thought that a dry spell in southern Spain has displaced these wetland birds to southern Britain. And it is believed that a changing climate may bring these birds to Britain more regularly in future. The only times black-winged stilts have bred successfully in the UK was in Norfolk in 1987 and Nottinghamshire in 1945.

One pair is nesting on the RSPB’s newest reserve in West Sussex, Medmerry, the other pair at the RSPB reserve at Cliffe Pools on the north Kent marshes.

“This is really exciting news and the first time we have had black-winged stilts breeding on the reserve here at Cliffe Pools,” said Warden Andy Daw. “They have visited before and a pair was seen about seven years ago on the reserve but they did not produce any young.

Yet another great reason to protect this special place for wildlife and say #jeThames  #noestuaryairport

The Marsh Country

It was a great pleasure for us to spend time with author Julian Hoffman when he came to visit us here on the Hoo Peninsula ~ Ours IS the marsh country down by the river and we will fight with the utmost vigour to protect it ~ No Thames estuary airport ever!

Notes from Near and Far

“Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea.”

~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1861

“Large terminals, operational buildings, offices, roads and car parks will interrupt the broad open scale of the marsh landscape… The network of ditches and creeks running through the marshes will be severely affected or destroyed…Existing open views out over the Estuary will be lost and replaced by terminal buildings, aircraft hangers and extensive areas of paving…The low hills of the Hoo Peninsula rising out of the surrounding marshland will be lost entirely.”

                                                                        ~ Foster + Partners, Thames Hub AirportProposal to the Airports Commission, 2013

The Marsh Country

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Urgent! Email the Airports Commission today and help us say NO Thames estuary airport ever

Urgent! Email the Airports Commission today and help us say NO Thames estuary airport ever

Saving special places Great Expectations and profound concerns

Saving special places Great Expectations and profound concerns.

Thanks go to RSPB Andre Farrar for posting this blog