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To: Secretary of State

No fun for Nature - Save Swanscombe Marshes

No fun for Nature - Save Swanscombe Marshes

A nationally-important wildlife site is under threat – we need your help to save Swanscombe Marshes!

It is vital that Swanscombe Marshes and the wildlife that calls this amazing site home are protected from the proposed London Resort theme park. We need your help to secure the future of this haven for wildlife.

Please sign our petition and help Save Swanscombe Marshes

Why is this important?

The Swanscombe Peninsula is home to a remarkable mix of habitat of high value to wildlife – these include grasslands, coastal habitats, brownfield features, scrub and intricate wetlands.

Known as Swanscombe Marshes, this urban wilderness is home to thousands of species, including over 250 invertebrate species which are rare or under threat. As well as abundant bees, butterflies and beetles, Swanscombe Marshes is one of just two places in the UK where you can find the Critically Endangered Distinguished jumping spider (Attulus distinguendus). It is home to Nightingales, Cuckoos, Marsh harriers and a thriving population of Common lizards, thanks to its array of rich habitats.

Swanscombe Marshes is not just important for wildlife. The site has been enjoyed by local people for years for walking, bird watching, angling and escaping the hustle and bustle of North Kent.

But all of this is now threatened by the proposed London Resort theme park. Hyped as the ‘UK’s Disneyland’, much of the unique habitat of Swanscombe Marshes would be destroyed and concreted. The wildlife riches of the site simply will not survive this development. At a time when the value of wildlife and open spaces is being appreciated more than ever and amid a biodiversity crisis, we urge the Secretary of State to reject this unnecessary and ill thought out application.

Please sign our petition to save this unique site, let’s save Swanscombe Marshes!

For more information please visit our website https://www.buglife.org.uk/campaigns/save-swanscombe-marshes/.

Photos l to r (c) Diamond Geezer, Peter Harvey

Swanscombe, UK

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL

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Reasons for signing

  • We don't need Disneyland in England, this site is already a magic kingdom.
  • It is to easy to destroy natural habitat, and extremely difficult to replace.
  • I've just got back home from my first day out at these Marshes. It is such an incredible place. It would be a tragedy to lose this precious haven for nature and all of us. I saw my first Reed Bunting. That is better than 1000 rollercoaster rides.

Updates

2020-10-21 19:44:17 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2020-09-30 09:26:47 +0100

The developer's consultation has now closed and we expect their next move will be a submission to the Planning Inspectorate to review the application and decided whether or not to accept it for examination

2020-08-21 08:17:33 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-08-12 20:46:16 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-08-12 15:47:51 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-08-11 20:17:19 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-08-11 18:26:20 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-08-11 16:26:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-08-11 15:50:23 +0100

10 signatures reached

2020-08-10 13:51:18 +0100

Thank you for signing this petition full details can be found on this webpage https://www.buglife.org.uk/campaigns/save-swanscombe-marshes/