A message from the Secretary of State for the Environment….

I thought readers of the blog might be interested to see the messages to RSPB members, Wildlife Trust members and members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation from the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman to get involved in designing the new White Paper on the Natural Environment (a White Paper is the traditional precursor to a new Act of Parliament).

It will probably be a good idea for all of us to get behind Caroline Spelman as she argues the case for wildlife and the environment over the next few months.

And for members of the the Wildlife Trusts…..

And for the members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (known as BASC).

Is there a connection to garden ponds?

Well, of course. Making top quality garden ponds is one way of putting back into the landscape something that has become extremely rare in much of England: clean, unpolluted, water – a very real way of making your own personal contribution to increasing the extent of good quality wildlife habitats.

And out in the countryside, making ponds looks like a remarkably good way of protecting freshwater biodiversity more generally, as important as trying to clean up rivers, create new wetlands and improve degraded lakes.


One Response to “A message from the Secretary of State for the Environment….”

  1. Flying Ants Says:

    I hope you’re right. My feeling is though it’s all a lot of window dressing. Listening to her, she sounded just like a politician without a clue of the reality.

    The only way to really make a change is for people themselves to start to value these things and do stuff…not a lot of little films waffling on about ‘the big society’ approach.

    Eg. let’s see programmes on tv that look at creating ecosystems in gardens. Not programmes that are either aimed at gardeners, ie plant lovers or nature programmes aimed at animal lovers.

    Unless people themselves, in general, really start to care and properly understand about the issues, not just the very, very few that belong to special interest groups, it’s not going to make much difference.

    For a start we need a dictatorship that bans decking and ornamental plants 😉 and give tax breaks to everyone building a garden pond in their back garden 😉

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