We Need Joined Up Thinking From Councils To Protect Wildlife Habitats

One aspect of my campaigning for bees concerns the actions of councils.  Indeed, I have a page on this website full of ideas for councils to help them protect and assist pollinators.

Councils are potentially in a very strong position to help bees and pollinators.  After all, they manage large areas of public land, and importantly, they grant planning permission.

Some councils have done much to embrace the challenge of assisting pollinators.  I must say, my own council is pretty good (they have a fairly active lobbyist in the are, lol!), athough even they could go further.

At low cost, councils could do even more!

  • Linking up wildlife areas is a great idea, although there are occasions when it must be done carefully inorder to actually protect species.
  • Speaking with other councils about their conservation and wildlife efforts can be a good idea.  If they have genuinely beneficial ideas, these could be rolled out to other councils if appropriate.
  • Seeking input and even involvement with other organisations and consumer groups would also be a good idea, from schools, wildlife groups and organisations - even to gardening groups.
  • Many councils have excellent websites, and could provide more links to hlepful information resources.
  • What is going on at a national level?  How can roadside verges, canal banks, disused railway tracks can all provide wildflower habitats for bees and other pollinators.

Beware of 'greenwash'

Think about it:  this would include the construction of the solar farm, necessitating the movement of heavy vehicles into the area, work people, equipment, as well as changing the area in quite specific ways: such as creating shade from the panels, adding cables etc, etc.  Those solar panels would of course, need to be maintained (more maintenance vehicles etc). 

And we are supposed to be pleased about this?  How about putting the solar panels on council office roofs and such like first?

Putting sensitive wildlife habitat at risk even for solar panels, is not the answer to the environmental challenges we face!

So what happened?

In the case of Rampisham Down, local people and wildlife organisations campaigned against the project, and a government inquiry resulted in the project being shelved.


Challenge your council

If you hear of such initiatives in your area, find out more about the consequences and what is entailed, its impact.  Alert interested organisations and ask them for a view.

If environmentally damaging schemes have been proposed in your area, challenge them and try to get them stopped.   People pressure really can work.

Start spreading the word

Encourage councils generally to be more responsible, and ask them to commit to help pollinators.  Here is a page about how councils can help, and here is a proposal for a national strategy for pollinators which can be adapted for local areas, to get you started.