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All these illustrated talks are open to all and will be in the Main Hall, Bridge Street Methodist Church, Mansfield NG18 2HA. Talks start at 1900 and we ask for a donation of £3.00 to cover costs and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you at some of our events:
Tuesday 9 February – East Midlands Ecological Consultancy – Dave Sutton will talk about land management projects and consultancy
Tuesday 8 March – Discover amazing spider facts with Sara Goodacre from Nottingham University – “What makes a Spider Fly?”
Tuesday 12 April – AGM & Talk – Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscapes at NWT Head Office will bring us up to date with current campaigns.
Contact Shlomo Dowen 01623 640134
Download poster here: Advertising Poster – January – June 2016
As you will know, the government has just announced 27 new blocks of onshore oil and gas licences (which would allow fracking) including a number in Notts.
Of more significance for Sherwood Forest, they are consulting on a further 132 blocks which are within 10km of a European-listed wildlife site which therefore require an ‘Appropriate Assessment’. This seems to be something of a box-ticking exercise for the government. There are 7 blocks within 10km of the Birklands & Bilhaugh SAC (an area of ancient woodland around the Major Oak), most of which are in a potential shale gas area.
The recommendation on all blocks is to grant a license with no conditions allowing all stages from exploration to production, apart from not allowing drilling ‘at or near the surface’ within the SAC. (They would even allow seismic testing within the SAC and drilling/fracking beneath the SAC.)
The assessment seems to say that the SAC is just a load of old trees (I paraphrase) which need protecting. But there doesn’t even seem to be any interest in protecting associated birds (unlike for the S Pennine Moors SPA – where birds are a specific reason for European designation).
There also appears to be no consideration of SSSIs, groundwater source protection zones, etc, etc – presumably they would say these will be considered with planning and permitting decisions.
This means that within a few months we can expect almost the whole of Sherwood Forest to be licensed for fracking. Should we be concerned?
Details are linked from our website at:
Monday 8th June, Monday 22nd June and Monday 20th July, 6pm to 8pm.
Meeting Point – in the Maun Valley Park LNR car park on Old Mill Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse.
Himalayan Balsam is a tall and vigorous plant that can over-grow our native wildflowers and has a negative impact on important native wildlife (such as water voles). Maun Valley Park LNR provides a wonderful space for people to enjoy wildlife and the ‘great outdoors’, so please come along and give a helping hand to keep this site special.
For more details contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group – 0115 993 2588, Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download a flyer for these events here: Maun Valley Park Balsam Pulls June July 2015
This year’s Ramble will take place on Saturday 11th April. More information on our page here: http://wp.me/P1lPOs-7I
A Happy Festive Season to all our friends, thank you for all your support over the years.
Thanks to Dave Bishop for the illustration.