“Although the creation of new foraging areas, along with ponds, scrub enhancement and supplementary feeding will still go ahead for this species in the park as part of the agreed mitigation from the development at Betteshanger Grove, we believe the value of this mitigation, along with the Turtle Dove populations that the park currently supports, is at risk,” says Nicole Khan, RSPB Conservation Officer.
This is because the new hotel and surfing lagoon developments will be built adjacent to some of these mitigation areas. And with the Ecological Appraisal for the developments suggesting levels of disturbance could increase in the park, we believe this undermines the original mitigation planned, putting an already threatened species at further risk.”
Protect Our Wildlife
At a time of ecological crisis when we are watching all the wild places disappearing corner by corner field by field our mission is to be a loud voice for our natural world.
We hope the Dover planning authority and the planning committee will listen. The wildlife is depending on it.
Thank you for helping to save our wildlife!
The Friends of Betteshanger is a group of local people that got together in 2020 to try and protect their local wildlife from the threat of development.
We have a special site in our area. It is one of those brownfield sites that has become a refuge for wildlife of all kinds. It used to be the spoil tip for the old Betteshanger colliery that closed down in 1989. Now it is our local Country Park and the owners, who are property developers, want to use it to build a Hotel and Surf Lagoon. They argue it will be good for the local economy and tourism. What they don’t say is that it will be disastrous for the Park’s wildlife. If the development goes ahead a wonderful piece of wildlife habitat will be wrecked and the peaceful green open space so appreciated by local people will be ruined.
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