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New direction for Englandís public forest estate

Here are some links to a number of articles:

A view from Herefordshire by David Lovelace 

The Times 7 February 2011 

Hereford Times 3 February 2011

Dame Fiona Reynolds in The Times 3 Feb 2011

Country Life 2 February 2011 

The Times 2 February 2011 

Country Life 19 January 2011

 

 

The State of the Wye

We are seriously worried at the state of the Wye - pollution, silting, destruction of its banks are among the issues that trouble us:

     

Here we see the river being sampled from Bredwardine Bridge after heavy rainfall in early June 2009. The silt in the bucket is allowed to settle, and then the number of tonnes of lost top soil per day surging past  the bridge can be  estimated

 When the river is full (although not so muddy) and flowing fast, there is danger to the bridge from fallen trees carried down on the current:

 

There is serious danger, too, from bankside incursions. See David Lovelace's recent paper on this subject.

Here are two pages giving a list of operations liable to damage the features of Special Scientific Interest of the River Wye: page 1, page 2. See also these descriptions of the Lower and Upper Wye SSSIs

 

The Severn Barrage

At a recent committee meeting our attention was drawn to the findings of a recent enquiry, jointly sponsored by the RSPB and the Wye & Usk Foundation, into the plans for the proposed Severn Barrage. We were warned of the serious danger to wildlife, particularly to fish and birds, posed by this project. More information can be found on the RSPB's website

See also what the media and other bodies have to say on the matter:

BERR Feasibility Study  and BERR Proposed Schemes

DECC

Wild Life Trusts 2 March 2010

David Kidney's  Wildlife Trust Launch speech 2 March 2010

This is Gloucestershire10 March 2010

This is Bristol 10 March 2010

ITN - Headlines 2 Mar 2010

The Times 30 October 2009

New Civil Engineer

The Telegraph Feb 2009

The Guardian Jan 2009 

The Guardian June 2008

BBC Wales Nov 2008 

Wikipedia

 

The River Wye Preservation Trust, 35 Link Road, Hereford, HR1 1BG