Help us Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

by Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Help us Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

by Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI
Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI
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A coalition of Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent and the Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI campaign group, working together to secure the future of the Swanscombe Peninsula and its wildlife
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Latest: Jan. 20, 2022

1,600 pledges and counting...

Over 1,600 people have now supported our efforts to save the Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI- pledging over £40,000.

Knowing the challenge that we face to protect this wildlife gem, and the enormous b…

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Help us Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

The Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent is one of England’s richest wildlife sites and home to thousands of species - but it is under threat. Shockingly, developers want to build a theme park on over 100ha of this nationally important habitat. We have joined together to fight for the Swanscombe Peninsula and to show that England’s most important wildlife sites must be protected- but we need your help.

 Why is the Swanscombe Peninsula important?

The Swanscombe Peninsula is incredibly rich in wildlife, home to some of the UK’s most threatened species of plants and animals. Over 2,000 species of insects and other invertebrates have been recorded here, including the Critically Endangered Distinguished jumping spider. It is also the richest site for breeding birds in the South East, living side-by-side with Otters, Water voles and rare plants such as the Man orchid. This is thanks to this special site’s remarkable mosaic of grasslands, coastal habitats, scrub and intricate wetlands, much of which is brownfield habitat that has been reclaimed by nature. In recognition of its valuable wildlife, it was made a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) last year.

SSSIs like the Swanscombe Peninsula are the backbone of the UK’s protected sites network. They include our best habitats and are essential to protecting wildlife and supporting healthy ecosystems.

For local people in Swanscombe, Greenhithe and Northfleet, the Swanscombe Peninsula is also a much-loved green lung and open space. A place for peace, calm and recreation to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in one of the most built up and congested parts of the country.

Why is the Swanscombe Peninsula under threat?

Distinguished jumping spider (Attulus distinguendus) © Roman Willi www.endlessfields.ch

Despite the site being nationally notified for its wildlife, developers are applying to build a theme park on it, called the London Resort. Over 100 hectares, equivalent to 140 football pitches, of the unique habitat of the Swanscombe Peninsula would be destroyed and concreted over if the development plans go ahead. This would be one of the largest ever losses of designated habitat in England. At a time when the value of wildlife and open spaces is being appreciated more than ever and amid ongoing declines in some of our best loved wildlife, we can’t let such a precious site be lost.

If this shocking development is allowed to go ahead it would have devastating consequences for the natural environment. Once these unique habitats are lost, they cannot be replaced. This development would set a terrible precedent.  If a SSSI such as the Swanscombe Peninsula is allowed to be destroyed for a theme park – is anywhere safe from development?

These proposals are being considered by the Planning Inspectorate as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), a process normally reserved for major roads, airports or power plants.  Experience from previous NSIP applications has taught us that any environmental impacts can be deemed acceptable in the name of economic development – including the loss of some of our best wildlife sites, as we have seen with HS2. We need to be clear that our SSSIs, our national treasures, should be out of bounds to developers.

Nightingale © Graham Goodall RSPB-Images.com

What are we trying to achieve?

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent and the Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI campaign group have been working closely to secure the site’s future. We have ensured that the SSSI notification was completed, responded to London Resort consultations, engaged fully with the planning process to date and rallied with the local community to raise awareness of the site’s importance.

However, the NSIP planning process is long and incredibly complex, taking many months and producing thousands of pages of documents. To make sure that we are properly prepared to tackle such an exhaustive examination, we need the support of experts and specialists, to help us stand up for this precious wildlife site and the flora and fauna that call it home.

We urgently need to raise at least £30,000 to provide the resources that we need to Save Swanscombe.

£30,000 will cover the cost of specialist barristers who are experienced in the legal proceedings and can cast a critical eye over the processes and decisions. It will also enable us to bring in expert advisors to review specialist documents such as those affecting carbon calculations, and other planning considerations. This will give us the strongest footing to stand up for nature at the forthcoming NSIP examination and do everything that we can to Save Swanscombe.

For more information, please visit https://www.saveswanscombepeninsula.org.uk/

Save Swanscombe Rally October 2021 © Richard Bayfield


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Update 5

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Jan. 20, 2022

1,600 pledges and counting...

Over 1,600 people have now supported our efforts to save the Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI- pledging over £40,000.

Knowing the challenge that we face to protect this wildlife gem, and the enormous benefit of expert and legal advice ,we have now increased our fundraising goal to £45,000. Please help us to reach our new goal of £45,000 so that we can do everything possible to Save Swanscombe.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared our appeal

Update 4

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Jan. 19, 2022

Over 1,000 pledges for Swanscombe!

Thank you! We are thrilled to have received over 1,000 pledges in just a week and met our £30,000 fundraising goal- all to help protect the amazing wildlife on the Swanscombe Peninsula.

We have increased out goal again to £40,000, as the more we can raise, the better prepared we will be for the examination to follow. We can secure further legal guidance and even more expert advice to help us navigate this complex process and challenge the theme park threat. Please help us to reach our new goal of £40,000 so that we can do everything possible to Save Swanscombe. 

Thank you to all who have donated and shared our appeal

Update 3

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Jan. 17, 2022

Kent Online showcase Save Swanscombe appeal

We spoke to Kent Online last week, to talk about why our appeal is so urgent and why we need your help to challenge the theme park that threatens the Swanscombe Peninsula.

See our interview with Kent Online here

Update 2

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Jan. 14, 2022

Another new goal!

Thank you! We have been overwhelmed by meeting our £20,000 fundraising goal in under two and a half days. This continued commitment shows how strongly people all around the country feel about protecting the unique wildlife and habitats on the Swanscombe Peninsula. 

In response, we have set another new goal of raising £30,000. Quite simply, the more funds we can raise, the better prepared we will be for the crucial examination to follow. With £30,000 we could secure legal guidance and expert advice for even more areas of this complex process. Please help us to reach our new goal of £30,000 so that we can do everything possible to Save Swanscombe. 

Thank you to all who have donated and shared our appeal

Update 1

Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE Kent & Save Swanscombe Peninsula SSSI

Jan. 13, 2022

New target

Thank you! We have been overwhelmed by meeting our initial £10,000 fundraising target in under 36 hours. This is testament to how strongly people all around the country feel about protecting the unique wildlife and habitats on the Swanscombe Peninsula. 

 In response, we have set a new goal of raising £20,000. Why have we done this? Well, quite simply, the more funds we can raise, the better prepared we will be for the crucial examination to follow. With £20,000 we could secure legal guidance and expert advice for even more areas of this complex process. Please help us to reach our new goal of £20,000 so that we can do everything possible to Save Swanscombe. 

Thank you to all who have donated and shared our appeal

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