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Public asked to become citizen scientists in annual Star Count to map light pollution in our skies

Public asked to become citizen scientists in annual Star Count to map light pollution in our skies

Monday 28 February 2022

People are being asked to take part in the annual Star Count to record how clear our view is of the night sky. CPRE, the countryside charity, is working with the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies to map light pollution levels across the country. In the biggest citizen science project of its kind […] Read more >

Be a part of Star Count 2022: it’s almost with us!

Be a part of Star Count 2022: it’s almost with us!

Monday 21 February 2022

For two weeks in February and March 2022, we’re again asking for your help in looking up at the heavens. Can you help us by counting stars to measure our dark skies? We think that dark and starry skies are a special part of our countryside. Nothing beats looking upwards to see velvety blackness, with […] Read more >

Wethersfield airfield: CPRE Essex position statement

Wethersfield airfield: CPRE Essex position statement

Friday 18 February 2022

The future of the former airfield at RAF Wethersfield, near Braintree, has been the subject of some considerable conjecture. It was three years ago that Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation floated the idea of developing almost 5,000 houses at the site, but that has been superseded by a proposal from the Ministry of […] Read more >

Our next talk is on Wednesday, February  23, and entitled Faith in Farming?

Our next talk is on Wednesday, February  23, and entitled Faith in Farming?

Wednesday 16 February 2022

The first two in our winter series of talks have gone down exceptionally well, so you might want to note a slight change in the order of the final two. We now have Rev Canon Janet Nicholls, rural adviser and agricultural chaplain, giving her talk, Faith in Farming?, on Wednesday, February  23, and Christy Willet, […] Read more >

Talk highlights how our farming environment can make a place for wildlife

Talk highlights how our farming environment can make a place for wildlife

Wednesday 16 February 2022

It’s fair to say that we could probably all do with a lift in spirits right now – and it duly came with the second in our winter series of talks. Rebecca Inman, of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, presented The Farming Environment to a Zoom audience of 33 participants, who showed their appreciation […] Read more >

At last, the meeting to get examination of London Resort under way has a date

At last, the meeting to get examination of London Resort under way has a date

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Whisper it quietly (or not), but we are finally seeing progress with examination of the proposed London Resort theme park at Swanscombe. After delays and uncertainty caused by developer LRCH asking for more time to address both transport issues and the peninsula’s designation as a Site of Scientific Interest – together with its failure to […] Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: learn the latest about the scheme at four drop-in events

Lower Thames Crossing: learn the latest about the scheme at four drop-in events

Friday 11 February 2022

In one of our longer-running sagas, National Highways (formerly Highways England) has announced four Lower Thames Crossing drop-in events at which visitors can learn about project updates and ask any questions they have. We are told there will be information about proposed routes for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, along with news of how the government […] Read more >

A strangely striking reminder of darker times

A strangely striking reminder of darker times

Friday 11 February 2022

Ace photographer Gordon Ridgewell today offers “conservation of a different nature with these Birds of the Sky”. “They cost around £3,000,000 each at auction these days,” he tells us. “A friend of mine who volunteers at IWM Duxford offered to take me to the Spitfire exhibition. “It is only five miles from my home village […] Read more >

Ensure local parks and green spaces are given the same protection as national parks, says CPRE

Ensure local parks and green spaces are given the same protection as national parks, says CPRE

Thursday 10 February 2022

There is huge untapped potential to level up access to nature for people living in our towns and cities by giving local parks the same sorts of protection from development as national parks. A little-known yet hugely powerful rule allows local communities to ringfence their recreation grounds, community gardens, fields popular with dog-walkers and other […] Read more >

Concerns over wildlife impact, road safety and nearby power lines sink plans for solar farm

Concerns over wildlife impact, road safety and nearby power lines sink plans for solar farm

Thursday 10 February 2022

So they can be stopped… Plans for a solar farm to be built between Manuden and Berden, on the Essex-Hertfordshire border, have been blocked by Uttlesford District Council. Low Carbon Solar Park 6 had applied to both East Herts and Uttlesford district councils for permission to develop its Pelham Spring solar park but failed to […] Read more >