Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Fritton Action Rescue Needs One Last Word...

Noctule Bat
Here is how you can help save YOUR LOCAL FOREST.
We have until the 29th June 2012 to voice our opinions to Norfolk Council.
If you don't have time to write, you can submit your objections online.
For those of you who would like to send your objections by letter, please feel free to copy any portion of this post and send your letter to:

Norfolk County Council
Planning &Transport Department MWSSA, Norwich, NR1 2BR

The wording on the Fritton Action Rescue Newletter (May 2012 Vol.1 Issue 11) is as follows;
Dear Sirs,
I write to support the County Council in their pre submission version of the Minerals Site Specific Allocations DPD as compliant and sound.
I am pleased that Waveny Forest MIN38 is omitted from the list because....
 If you are struggling to find the words, please consider any one (or all) of the following reasons Fritton should be protected from developers, and left alone for the people and the wildlife to enjoy;

Fritton is home to numerous protected species and is home to untold wildlife including Bats such as the  Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared bat, Daubentons Bat, The Noctule,  and quite possibly the rare Leislers Bat , you can find out more about each species by visiting The Norfolk Bat Group.

The picture above of the beautiful, and one of our largest bats the Noctule, originated here on the North  NOTTS Bat group information pages.

Snakes, both Adders and Grass Snakes live in and around Fritton as well as numerous Frogs, Toads and an infinite number of insects including the biggest beetle in the uk, the Stag Beetle, also a protected species!
A beautiful couple
As terrifying as they look, Hornets living in Fritton are an important part of our Ecology,  we have spent many hours watching the sun go down beside a known Hornets nest, neither us, nor our dogs, or children have ever been stung by these huge and scary looking beasties, they obviously just want to be left in peace to get on with doing their thing!

We have been lucky enough to encounter the stunning Chinese Water Deer while visiting Fritton. They are solitary, quite beautiful, and did you know 40% of fawns die within the first 4 weeks of their life?
Also living in Fritton are the very shy Fallow Deer, you need to be very quiet to be lucky enough to see them.
While wandering around Fritton you are quite likely to see a shifting of Bracken and a flash of white tail as the small and beautiful Muntjac Deer hurries out of your way!

Nearby, you may also be lucky enough to see an Otter or two swim by if you can be still and patient enough on the banks of the river Waveney at the edge of the stunning Fritton Forest.

Other shy residents include the Barn Owl that can often be seen swooping over the reeds hunting for prey, such as Mice, Voles and Shrews,  while earlier in the day you will see Marsh Harriers gliding over the reeds catching small Rodents, Amphibians and Reptiles to feed their family.
Marsh Harriers were almost extinct in the UK around the early 1970's and these magnificent birds of prey are almost out of danger and are on the RSPBs amber list.
Protect Fritton

There are far too many species to mention in a quick blog post urging for help, the fact of the matter is, the future of thousands, no, millions of lives is in your hands.
You do have the power to change things, and you can make a difference!

If you do not want to protect the wildlife, then do it for yourself!

We need woodland! It's a scientific fact! 
So much of the UK woodland has been destroyed we need to protect everything we have left, it seems ironic that this year, the year the UK is celebrating the Queens Jubilee and the Woodland Trust is appealing for people to come together and plant 6 Million Trees to create homes for wildlife and areas for people to relax, explore and enjoy.
Why should we invest all of this money for saplings while planning to destroy  perfectly natural and well established havens for wildlife, acres of woodland and open spaces ALREADY bursting with life? It's insane!

Life that we are intent on destroying in the name of progress, and for investment in the future??
No, sorry I just cannot understand the logic!
By all means encourage more trees to be planted, but why not also protect the ones we have?
As well as an uncountable amount of protected species we also need to protect the popular woodland creatures, the Fox, the Badger and the Rabbits.

OK it's getting late, I am tired and I've not even barely touched on the rare and beautiful wildlife that lives on and around the Waveney Forest, there are probably millions more I could list (and if you think I'm exaggerating, feel free to send me a list, I'm listening).
The Norfolk Broads... it just wouldn't work with no trees!

So, some developer might want a quarry, a quarry we do not need, the residents around Waveney, do not want, the Wildlife will not survive, some species may possibly vanish!
Woodland that not only supplies us with fresh air, a place to relax and enjoy the stunning and huge mixture of rare and protected wildlife on our doorstep, but is also vital for the future, the endangered species, the environment and is also a massive part of the unusual and stunning beauty that IS the Norfolk Broads!
If you have anything to add, please do! I will be.
We have just one month left to make a difference.
Please let your voice be heard.

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