Missed a month because I’ve been away walk leading and on our family holiday, and only one pretty picture, a bee orchid on the Hangers. Back for tomorrow’s EU referendum, which which many people are bored, or confused.
In our opinion, and strictly relating to conservation, bio-diversity and sustainability is that being in the EU has on balance had a positive effect. Better water quality, better protection for migrating birds in southern Europe, and areas near here which have a high level of environmental protection.
SSSIs have no effective protection, and AONBs and national Parks have stronger protection, but less than the EU Special Protection Areas on our doorstep.
Recent UK governments have reduced building standards and tried to privatise the Forestry Authority which would have reduced public access, not demonstrating a great commitment to the environment.
Our biggest threat here is the Chinese owned golf club which wants to build another golf course on unspoilt countryside, immediately reducing bio-diversity. The EU level protection may help us.