Save The Belted Beauty in Lancashire

To: Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Save The Belted Beauty in Lancashire
of 2,000 signatures
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Dear Mr Pickles please prevent the routing of wind-farm cabling through the saltmarsh south of Heysham as part of the Walney Extension Offshore Windfarm by Dong Energy (UK) Ltd.

Why is this important?

Moth under threat
The Belted Beauty moth is a species on the edge in England and Wales, with just one remaining healthy population. The moth has been lost from other sites through development and the construction of coastal defences.  In parts of western Scotland and Ireland, where it still survives, it breeds in sandy coastal areas.
This population on saltmarsh, near Lancaster, Lancashire, is under threat from an offshore wind-farm cabling landfall route.  Proposals by the energy company have included trenching and, more recently, tunnelling through parts of the site.  
Please sign this petition to remind the Government of their responsibility to promote biodiversity and to ensure this rare moth is fully protected at its last viable English site.
Category: Environment/Energy
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Reasons for signing

  • Daniel F. 2014-02-14 15:20:41 +0000
    Must irreplaceable biodiversity hanging on in Lancs suffer at the expense of industry?
  • Richard D. 2014-01-11 21:10:47 +0000
    Because this species is hanging on by the skin of its teeth, and depends on a habitat which is notoriously sensitive to mechanical disturbance.
  • Peter H. 2013-11-23 14:13:23 +0000
    This moth is extremely rare and has a tenuous hold at this site in Lancashire. Everything must de done to ensure a stable environment so that it can flourish.


5 months ago

1,000 signatures reached

6 months ago

883 sigs reached - please remind colleagues

7 months ago

Specific details relating to the Belted Beauty can be found in the DONG Energy application
Document below, which is document 83 in the list of 223 docs.

10.1.24 ES Ch. 24 Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Conservation.

7 months ago

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DONG Energy have confirmed in their planning application that they intend to route through the northern end of the saltmarsh habitat containing the Belted Beauty moth using underground cabling (HDD) on Route 2a.

Although this MAY reduce the risk to the moth population, the Lancashire Moth Group are still very concerned that should HDD prove unsuitable for the site or suffer problems during the construction process that the moth and the saltmarsh habitat in this area will be seriously affected. It appears that no other routes are being considered.

Should you wish to register an objection, details of how to do so can be found at: 

7 months ago

500 signatures reached

8 months ago

I am going to talk about this on BBC Radio Lancashire tomorrow morning at 8:30

8 months ago

Newspaper Article

8 months ago

Piece in Lancashire Evening Post tomorrow

8 months ago

100 signatures reached

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50 signatures reached

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