To: The Planning Inspectorate

For Bugs' Sake - Stop Tilbury Expansion

For Bugs' Sake - Stop Tilbury Expansion

We oppose the Tilbury 2 development because of the impact it will have on the nationally important populations of bees and other insects that live there.

Why is this important?

The former Tilbury Power Station site supports an amazing assemblage of invertebrates, including 159 species of conservation concern and 31 rare or threatened species; among them the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Blue carpenter bee (Ceratina cyanea), Four-banded weevil-wasp (Cerceris quadricincta), Puff-ball beetle (Caenocara bovistae) and Green malachite beetle (Malachius vulneratus).

Over half of high biodiversity potential brownfield sites in the Thames Gateway have been destroyed since 2007, but Tilbury is an exceptionally important site for open mosaic habitat invertebrates. The mix of substrates, including Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) and Lytag, has fostered the development of the unusual drought stressed grasslands, lichen heaths, and herb and lichen-rich grasslands that support the endangered species.

The incredible assemblage of invertebrates currently found on the Tilbury site won’t be able to survive the development. Much positive work is needed to save brownfield biodiversity in the Thames Gateway, but destroying this wildlife jewel will take out one of the last remaining large areas of wildflower rich habitat.

Tilbury Docks, Tilbury

Reasons for signing

  • I am aware that the bees and other insects are vitally important to the overall ecology.
  • Any habitat which supports our wildlife, particularly pollinators is valuable and should be preserved. We need our wildlife more than we need piecemeal development.
  • Insects are often overlooked, but are our lifeline!

Updates

2018-01-14 07:26:02 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2018-01-13 13:06:55 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2018-01-13 12:03:11 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2018-01-13 11:40:48 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2018-01-04 17:59:20 +0000

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2017-12-16 16:07:32 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-12-13 18:05:18 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-12-13 07:57:46 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-12-12 22:25:56 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-12-12 20:10:50 +0000

10 signatures reached