This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Ferrybridge

What the hell is going on at Ferrybridge?  Who the hell is responsible for this?



These posts are part of a boardwalk that is being constructed. What I want to know is, how the hell they got the planning for this on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a RAMSAR site. As you can see, it goes across the mudflats, that are regularly used by waders and Brent Geese. Yet not too far away, this could have been constructed.......

Here. Where the line of boulders is.

I'm told an environmental impact assessment was done. Obviously, this was done by somebody with no local knowledge, no knowledge  of birds, who has a degree in building Lego I expect and was probably getting paid £150 a day. And here is where the problem lies. The people responsible for this are a bunch of educated idiots, with no common sense. It was passed by Natural England, a corrupt government organisation and the area is going to be overseen by Dorset Wildlife Trust. These organisations should know better, but are run by a load of people in suits who don't know anything. And that's the problem with a lot of people employed in environmental rolls. They're mostly university graduates who think they know everything and are so patronising to people like myself who've only been observing wildlife for 30 odd years and have gained an understanding of some of their requirements. You can't talk to, or reason with these people. In their eyes, you're a nobody, with no professional qualifications and not employed in the field of the environment, so what would you know. Well, there's only one word I can think of when it comes to the people responsible for this travesty at Ferrybridge and I'm not gonna print what I'm thinking.

I blame the bloody Olympics personally.

Oh yeah, that lovely area which is a disused army camp, where Barn Owls breed and is alive with House Sparrows, is probably going to be built on. A retirement village apparently. For god's sake, leave the place alone. 

On a more positive note.

The RSPB are going to be looking after the Little Terns at Ferrybridge again and I think they've done a good job here up to now. Long may it continue and best of luck with this season.

The Fleet Vs Portland Update

The Fleet = 38 points, with Red-rumped Swallow adding to the score.

Portland = 19 points

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