Monday, 3 March 2014

Campaigning with the Herts Middlesex Wildlife Trust @HMWTBadger


Tonight on the West Herts Drivetime show, wildlife correspondent Sarah Buckingham from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust joined Danny Smith to talk about what the trust have been up to since we last caught up with her.

Over the weekend, the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust joined forces with the Badger Trust to take to the streets of St. Albans, where they marched against the government's badger cull policy. Local MP Anne Main is proud to back the campaign and the hashtag #BadgerMonday has been a trending topic recently.

"We want the best outcome for badgers and farmers," Sarah explained on air. "It's a worrying problem and a badger cull isn't the solution."

Sarah urges listeners to "keep talking about it" and visit the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust website for more information.

http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigning/stop-badger-cull

Danny and Sarah then went on to talk about the High Speed 2 (HS2) development and the impact it will have on the environment.

The HS2 will run from London Euston through the Chilterns and Warwickshire to Birmingham and Sarah's concerns are about the severe impact that the line will have on the habitats and lake in Boardwater Lake Nature Reserve.

She stressed on the show that she isn't against the HS2, but rather the route.

"They decided the route before looking at the habitat," Sarah explained. "Many nature reserves will be affected."

The Wildlife Trust is always looking for extra support for their various campaigns. Visit: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/membership for more information.

Despite being luckier than the south west of England, the nature reserves of Herts have been impacted by the extra water caused by rainfall, but it is too soon to determine the effects of the wetter habitats. On the show, Sarah looked at the positives and the negatives of the situation with Danny.

The Trust have been working on repairing damaged bridges in the reserve and they are also running an appeal called 'Give Us a Kiss', which you can view here: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/how-you-can-help/give-us-kiss-appeal

To see what events the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be hosting, visit: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

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