January Birdwatch

A few things didn’t arrive in the post at quite the right time this Christmas – other people’s presents were the main problem – but for me the lack of the January Birdwatch meant that I couldn’t sit by a log fire and read the results of the Birders’ Choice awards.

Many congratulations to Ruth Peacey for winning the Conservation Hero award!  Richly deserved and it goes to a lovely person.

Also richly deserved, but a less lovely person, was the sending of the Guano Award across the Atlantic to Donald Trump who is dismantling environmental protection in the USA to the detriment of us all. I listened to Prince Harry interviewing President Obama on Today this morning and was simply reminded of how the USA has fallen into a sad, dark place in the last year. Progress has setbacks, but if we stick together then we will win!

My column in Birdwatch is designed to give birders a nudge towards making a difference and the subject this month is the development of the Beddington farmlands in the London Borough of Sutton on which Viridor has built a massive incinerator. It’s time that Viridor got on with the environmental enhancement work that is a part of the planning condition and it’s time that Sutton Borough Council gave them a shove.  I’m giving you a gentle nudge to sign this online petition to give Sutton Council a big push to give Viridor a shove to get things moving.  Please sign here – Deliver the promised Beddington Farmlands nature reserve by enforcing planning conditions – thank you!




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