SUPPORT FOR RSPB / HEBDEN BRIDGE FLOODING

PRESS RELEASE:-

BAN THE BURN CAMPAIGN, HEBDEN BRIDGE.

Campaigners in Hebden Bridge are adding their voice to the RSPB complaint to the European Commission relating to Natural England’s failure to protect blanket bog at the Walshaw Moor Estate, in the upland catchment above Hebden Water. The RSPB Media release will be published on this web site Monday 15 October- Watch This Space.

Dongria Kondh from the locally based BAN THE BURN campaign group explains:-

“Inappropriate moorland management does not just affect birds: people suffer too. Hebden Bridge was very badly hit by flooding in June and July this year and in order to minimize the town’s flood risk we need the upland catchment above the town to be managed so that large areas of degraded blanket bog are restored to a healthy state. We need a good cover of sphagnum moss to act as a buffer in heavy rainfall events, slowing the rate of run-off from the moorland tops.

The catchment’s blanket bog degradation is due primarily to the activities of grouse-shooting estates. On Walshaw Moor, we have seen erosion from unconsented tracks, very extensive drainage, and aggressive burning on blanket bog. The increased scale of this activity over the past few years may well have been a contributory factor to the severity of the floods in our town.”

The BAN THE BURN group staged a protest walk to coincide with the glorious 12 August.

The group have also put in a submission to Natural England’s current review, with over a hundred signatories (IT CAN BE READ HERE).


1 comment to SUPPORT FOR RSPB / HEBDEN BRIDGE FLOODING

  • harrier man

    Once again Natural England showing their worth very little, only to support the rich landowners always running scared. Not for the first time and sure enough not the last ‘toothless’.