Viridor Open Days- An opportunity to question Viridor about the conservation disaster and lack of public access

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Viridor are to host two open days in September to showcase the restoration and incinerator.  Dates and times are:

  • 15th September 2017 – 10.00-12.00
  • 22nd September 2017 – 14.00-16.00

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. The site ecologist who is employed by Viridor will be there to answer questions about the restoration. Possible questions to ask while quoting the conservation management results in table 1 include:

1) Why are Tree Sparrows nearly extinct from site despite being the iconic conservation flagship species for the site?

2) In fact why have so many of the conservation target species become extinct or are nearly extinct from the site?

3) When is the restoration going to be complete and why has it been so delayed with such catastrophic consequences on the local wildlife?

4) When is the reserve going to be open to the public?

5) Considering target species are the measurement of the success of a conservation management plan- why has the conservation management plan so clearly been a near complete failure?

Table 1. Breeding pairs of the target species for selected years (extracted from Breeding Bird Survey data) 
 
1995
2000
2005
2010
2014
2015
2016
Notes on breeding population
Little Ringed Plover
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
Extinct
Ringed Plover
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Failed
Lapwing
11
18
22
14
10
10
11
Initial improvement now declining
Redshank
4
1
2
0
0
0
0
Extinct
Common Tern
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Failed
Yellow Wagtail
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
Extinct
Sedge Warbler
11
25
1
2
0
0
1
Drastic decline
Reed Warbler
31
19
13
32
13
32
36
Fluctuating, currently increasing
Whitethroat
73
76
66
55
41
53
60
Overall declining
Tree Sparrow
83
52
75
80
1
1
5
Near-extinct
Reed Bunting
23
17
5
3
2
2
1
Near-extinct

 

For more information and booking please see:

https://blog.viridor.co.uk/2017/08/02/viridor-to-host-community-open-days-at-beddington-farmlands/

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