Pure England recently announced that the 177 lakes of the Cotswold Water Park have been ‘granted’ SSSI standing, though this choice is out to the usual session with house owners, occupiers and different notified events.
This have to be excellent news as a result of it’s a very uncommon occasion that new areas are protected.
It’s value studying the press release from NE to get an perception into their mindset.
This web site deserves safety however the press launch makes it sound as if a bountiful NE has, in its generosity, deigned to guard this web site as a favour. NE – that is your job – to guard nature by way of such means. It’s good to see you doing this right here and there.
The primary wildlife significance of the positioning is its 35,000 waterbirds which is partly because of it being a giant gull roost. The WEBS counts 5-yr shifting common of waterfowl is 16,195 (years 2014/15 – 2018/19). The ‘present’ (as much as 2018/19) 5-yr shifting common of waterfowl numbers is the bottom by way of the interval. The location is internationally vital for Mute Swan and Shoveler, and nationally vital for Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Coot, Nice Crested Grebe and Inexperienced Sandpiper, and for Lesser Black-backed Gull.
A couple of components of the present SSSI are being denotified for what appear wise causes (largely small unique cartographic errors) and the supporting information is value a learn if solely to achieve a greater understanding of the detailed strategy of SSSI notification.
Observe that use of lead shot is an Operation Requiring Consent. That’s good. I’m wondering how a lot wildfowling goes on right here. Perhaps some readers of this weblog know the reply to that?
When Marian Spain says ‘Particular locations like this manner the important spine of a nature restoration community‘ it’s unclear to me whether or not she means SSSIs (which is likely to be true offered that NE does its job a lot better over time forward) or whether or not she means labored out gravel pits with a lot of Coots and a big gull roost, wherein case I believe that could be a little bit of a stretch.