I really enjoy my nature; being out and about in the fresh air, seeing what’s around, being surprised and sometimes awed by amazing wildlife. I also take my nature seriously – it gives me pleasure, interest, a sense of place in the world – so if I can, I like to give something back.
There are so many pressures on our natural environment and these are only building as populations grow, people become ever greedier and the checks and balances that have been put in place to protect the environment are increasingly eroded.
Two of those checks and balances – the cornerstone of our environmental protection in Europe: the EU Birds and Habitats Directives – are currently being reviewed to see if they remain “fit for purpose” in the current economic climate.
Unfortunately, it appears that this review could lead to a serious weakening of the Directives, despite the fact that when all seven EU environmental directives (of which these are just two) were recently reviewed by the European Commission they were found to represent less than 1% of the total cost to business of all European regulation.
So in light of all this, I am doing my bit to stand up for the EU Birds and Habitats Directives by contributing to the consultation. If you think it is worth holding on to two of the most effective tools in the battle to protect our natural environment, then the easiest way to put forward your views is via the specially created page on the RSPB website.
We have until July 24 to make our voices heard.