Half a million protest against plans to weaken countryside protection

PUBLISHED: 16:12 28 July 2015

Dunlin Calidris alpina, wader roost at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary RSPB reserve Pic: Andy Hay (

Dunlin Calidris alpina, wader roost at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary RSPB reserve Pic: Andy Hay (

Andy Hay (

North Kent Marshes are protected by European law

MORE than half a million people have registered their opposition to plans to weaken EU laws that protect the North Kent Marshes and other precious countryside.

The marshes, part of the Greater Thames Estuary, are protected from development and exploitation by the European Union’s Nature Directives, among other laws.

But EU President Jean-Claude Juncker is being lobbied by big business to water the directives down – and it looks as though he may well do exactly that.

The RSPB and the Friends of North Kent Marshes urged people to register their opposition to the changes - and some 520,000 did so before the deadline on Friday.

Gill Moore, from the Friends, said: “The North Kent Marshes are wonderful for wildlife and they hold a special place in the hearts of the community.”

RSPB communications officer Martin Jensen added: “The area is a spectacular wetland of global importance.

“Tens of thousands of birds live here, as well as hundreds of thousands of overwintering and migratory birds.

“Without strong laws to protect your nature, our nature, our children’s nature, it could all be gone.”

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