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NO AIRPORT AT CLIFFE Campaign

The proposal for an international airport at Cliffe, in Kent in the United Kingdom threatens internationally important wildlife assets?

NO AIRPORT AT CLIFFE Campaign: RSPB Cliffe Reserve update, May 2002 - How is the RSPB responding to the airport at Cliffe threat, and how can you help? The RSPB`s Chief Executive, Graham Wynne, wrote to John Spellar (Minister of State for Transport) in March 2002 and made it clear that the RSPB would oppose vigorously any proposal for an international airport at Cliffe as it threatened internationally important wildlife assets and our own reserves in north Kent. At present, we are preparing for the Government`s consultation paper, expected in June 2002. When it is published, we will have a much clearer picture of how seriously the Government is pursuing this scheme. Our aim is to ensure the Government drops any proposal for an airport at Cliffe as soon as possible. We will also oppose any other options that threaten important bird sites. If the Cliffe proposal is serious, it will be the biggest single development the RSPB has opposed in its history. We are prepared to fight this proposal with all means available to us and will need the full support of our membership and the public to succeed! Perry Haines has been appointed RSPB NO AIRPORT AT CLIFFE Campaign co-ordinator, and is currently compiling a list of volunteers and supporters, so please contact Perry directly with news, views, ideas and expressions of support at: NoAirportAtCliffe@rspb.org.uk You can also call the RSPB Wildlife Enquiries Team at The Lodge to register your support on 01767 680551. Please remember to supply: name, mail address, email address, and if possible a phone number.For starters we invite you to kindly donate your time and talents! How? Dedicate a day`s birding at Cliffe to the NO AIRPORT AT CLIFFE Campaign. Your Cliffe day list will be added to the Reserve`s database, and your objection to the airport proposal registered. Your efforts will be used in communicating the disapproval of our birding community and the disapproval of the public in general. A demonstration of support through positive action, this activity may grow and grow as the campaign develops. At sometime in the future we might invite the public and in particular the birdwatching community, to dedicate a day`s birdwatching all across the UK, Europe, worldwide!
Kent birder Kevin Thornton has kindly offered to act as a liaison/organiser; you can contact him at kev.thornton@btopenworld.com You are welcome to participate in co-ordinated events and/or simply do your own thing. Dedicated records should be sent to the Cliffe Reserve warden: Michael.Ellison@rspb.org.uk. When supplying records please also state your support of the NO AIRPORT AT CLIFFE Campaign, along with your name and address. Cliffe: The Big Big SitIf birders would like to do something for Cliffe right now, how about just helping out with a bit of fun participating in a BIG big sit? The unofficial UK record for most species seen in a day was achieved at Cliffe, some 84 species. What we`d like to do, now that the RSPB have built us jolly nice viewing ramps near the Black Barn, is get some regular counts from the spot, and see just how many species we can manage from there in the next six weeks. We hope to ensure the place is fully manned at weekends and Bank Holidays (so if anyone wants to be on a rota, please do volunteer!), and as often as possible on weekdays - it`d be great just for anyone to drop by and spend some time there whenever, a good chance for birdwatchers to put more faces to names and have a jolly old natter… We`ll even publish the rota if required. We hope as many of you as possible will drop by at some time during the next six weeks, get to see how the Reserve is developing, and be reminded why it`s so important we win this fight against any development that threatens this great new RSPB reserve
Kevin Thornton. More Information

Access: Take the A289 off the A2 near Strood. From the A289 follow the B2000 into the village of Cliffe. There is a car park by the church and Six Bells pub and an un-graded track onto the site that starts at Pond Hill at the northern end of the B2000 opposite the Black Bull pub. Adjacent to the track two viewing mounds give panoramic views over the reserve`s marshes and pools. Facilities: None on site. Cliffe village has public toilets, 2 village shops and a post office, 4 pubs (Six Bells, Evening Star, Victoria and Black Bull) and a Chinese takeaway. Additional information: Please note that Cliffe is a developing reserve and much work still needs to be done. We would recommend avoiding the southern end of the site at Salt Lane, particularly at weekends. This area is still frequented by motor-bikers, fly-tippers, and travellers etc., who can be hostile towards birdwatchers. Please also be aware of potentially hazardous fly-tipping and that deep water is also present on the site. If you witness crime, be it egg thieves or bikers, avoid any confrontation and call Medway Police: 01634 827055 - thank you. More news from Cliffe is currently featured on the KOS website`s news page http://www.kentos.org.uk

4th July 2014