People opposed to fracking in Nottinghamshire aren’t just NIMBYs (not in my backyard). Even if they live in the south of the county there are people who do not want fracking to happen. One reason for this is to speak up for the wildlife. The wildlife do not have a voice so it must be the people of Nottinghamshire who must speak up for them and ensure they are protected.
The wildlife are of particular concern for the Misson Springs IGas application, because the drilling site is 150m away from Misson Carr Nature Reserve / SSSI. The site is probably most notable for its owls, with all five native species having been recorded at some time (British Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, and Long-eared Owl). Click here to find out more about these species of owls.
Also in the SSSI are many unusual plants such as twayblade and marsh stitchwort and creatures including great crested newts, harvest mice and water voles, all listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Misson Carr Nature Reserve/SSSI is particular noted for it’s population of moths and birds.
The abundance of species and sheer numbers of nationally rare and scarce species rank the site alongside some of the best sites in the UK. The site holds more records for nationally notable moth species than any other in the County and the species list includes the stunningly colourful cream-bordered green pea, the nationally notable dentated pug and the marsh carpet. Other nationally notable species include the red-tipped clearwing and the angle-striped sallow.
The site is believed to be one of the best in the County for bird species with good numbers of warblers, including garden warblers and lesser whitethroat and other species such as bittern and golden oriole being recorded. Red list species include song thrush, skylark, linnet, reed bunting, bullfinch, grey partridge and spotted flycatcher.
Be Wise – Protect the Owls at Misson Springs
Because this site is most prominent for British owls, Frack Free Notts will be using the owls as an example of why Nottinghamshire people should object to the Misson Springs application. We’ll be recruiting our own owl mascot, similar to that of Woodsy Owl in the US:
We love Woodsy, not just because he’s an owl, but because he’s dressed as Nottinghamshire’s Robin Hood!
And Woodsy is absolutely right – IGAS: GIVE A HOOT! DON’T POLLUTE!
(Information in this article is taken from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust website)
(Image Sources: http://www.birdfood.co.uk/ctrl/node:164;product:1308;/id_chart-guide_to_british_owls, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonliebigstuff and http://agentjayhawk.deviantart.com/art/Robin-Hood-digital-drawing-97640777)