Neighbourhood Plan Environmental Focus Group
Jim Jennings, Mark Everson, Sarah Richardson, Bill Ferguson, Diane Goodman and Elizabeth Medler.
To include ensuring that the natural and local environment is enhanced, with minimum impact on biodiversity and pollution. Also to consider issues specific to the area, e.g. energy efficiency, opportunity to incorporate renewable energy initiatives etc.
Update September 2015
The Environment focus group through its different steering groups, including the Green Ring Partnership, continues to work to ‘green’ Southbourne. Recently West Sussex District Council have kindly agreed to plant ten new trees in Southbourne. These trees are greatly welcomed. They will be carefully planted although aftercare will be needed. If anyone can help with this, please contact Jonathan Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Medler (email@example.com). More trees are planned. We also hope to obtain trees from OVO – see HERE. If you have any suggestions as to where you might like to see more trees, do let us know.
We shall shortly be obtaining more trees from OVO energy and the Coop Southern have kindly agreed to offer their support in making Southbourne greener.
An immense amount of work has already been put into Southbourne’s Green Ring HERE
Breach Avenue Orchard – Appeal (ref APP/L3815/W/15/3007597)
We understand that the Appeal by developers to build on this old orchard has been withdrawn and the hearing on 6 October 2015 is cancelled. Details HERE (External Link)
Details HERE (External Link)
iRecord a new way to record what you see
There is a new online system called iRecord that has recently been released which you may like to consider using: http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/
This makes entering and managing data easier. If you need help with this please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 497554.
Your help identifying birds, bats and other wildlife in the area, could put Southbourne, Nutbourne and Chidham, on the nationwide ‘map’ and ensure that developers are sensitive to our unique surroundings.
The importance of recording wildlife
In order to work more effectively with planners, and to keep future housing confined to areas which do not impinge on important biodiversity, we are very much in need of your help in recording wildlife in the area. This can be educational and fun for children too, so why not get the whole family involved.
Recording can of course be done in your own back garden but also when you are out walking your dog, running, walking or cycling.
There are some particularly important ‘key’ species and reptiles, which are protected, such as: Reptiles, Barn Owls,Dormice,Bats and Great crested newts and slow worms. We are very keen to receive sightings of any of these birds, mammals and reptiles and any others you think may be interesting. The details we require are:
- Species name
- Location name
- UK national grid reference (Here is the link http://gridreferencefinder.com/) All you need to do is put in the postal code and the grid reference pops up).
- Recorder’s name
- Any other details such as whether it was a female, an egg, if it was flying or feeding, how many there were, was it flowering, was it a juvenile, etc.
You can record several sightings on one form (please go to: http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/cgi-bin/speciesrecording.pl and then just click on ‘send message’ at the bottom of the page. Your sightings will then be immediately logged with Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, via the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Your record will then become part of a permanent record for the area and developers will be obliged to take notice.
Sign up with Sarah Hughes, the Wildlife Officer for exciting and educational walks to spot wildlife.
If you would be interested in taking part in fascinating walks to spot mammals like bats and water voles and help carry out tree and hedgerow surveys ~ which can be used as part of our survey ~ please contact Sarah Hughes at: email@example.com
When developments go ahead
When developments go ahead it will be very important to:
· Retain the hedgerows (or as many as possible) that are already there
Additional hedge planting (native species) to create a larger buffer zone.
· All gardens (or as much as possible) to back onto hedgerows, again to create a larger buffer zone.
· Lighting to be ‘bat sensitive’.
· On site rain water system
· Install Swift bricks - http://swift-conservation.org/swift_bricks.htm
· Habibat Bat box - http://www.nhbs.com/habibat_bat_box___custom_brick_facing_tefno_183578.html
· Wildlife tower - http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/infopage.html?Id=202
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