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UFO Author Campaigns Against Destruction Of His Local Woodland

Pat Regan fights Sefton council and developers

By: Steve McQueen  |@NeonNettle
 on 30th July 2016 @ 11.18am
sefton council and one vision housing have put forward new development proposals which will destroy the local woodland © press
Sefton council and One Vision housing have put forward new development proposals which will destroy the local woodland

UFO author and conservationist, Pat Regan, has launched a new petition campaigning against a new proposed development of local woods in Ainsdale, Southport, UK. 

According to Pat Regans Blog: Sefton council and One Vision housing have put forward new development proposals which will destroy the local woodland which is home to a vast array of wildlife enjoyed by the local residents and children.

It's not the first time a seemingly corrupt Sefton council has given the go ahead for development plans, there are now acres green belt in neighboring Formby now under threat.

Residents are now getting to together to appose the development plans, which is now gathering huge momentum.

Pat explains:

“Cath and I only stumbled across this worthy campaign by chance. We visited this little Ainsdale woodland to take some photos and very soon realised that it deserved protection as a valuable local ecosystem. We spoke to several good folk in George Drive who were leading this noble campaign. We do what little we can to help them. We wish to thank Steve for presenting his article here as every effort helps to raise awareness."

Pat's wife and fellow eco campaigner, Cath Regan, made a video below after taking a short walk in the woods and immediately realizing how beautiful and precious it actually was.

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The established woodlands hold a plethora of wildlife including many species of wild birds that rely on this lovely old green area for survival. Legally – protected Bats are also known to use the woodland as a roost.

In fact bat boxes were installed at the nearby Woodvale woodlands (behind Sandbrook Road) in 2013.

Bats and the Law

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation. This means you will be committing a criminal offence if you:

• Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat
• Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats
• Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
• Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat
• Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost

Within the George Drive woods quite a number of mature elm trees are also found here. Elms suffered greatly from disease in Southport and other places the 1970s and the survivors deserve protection today.

To cut down this woodland would be an appalling crime against nature. It would also be a detrimental action against the residents that have enjoyed the woodlands for generations. The potential for a well - organised Friends' Group at this location is excellent.

We need more trees not less and the Council and One Vision Housing must rethink such disgusting plans. Damaging a whole community and destroying valuable wildlife habitat is NOT an option!

You can sign the petition here

Woodland trust website

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