British anti-wildlife ‘Boris island airport’ plan rejected

This video from England says about itself:

Flock of 7,000 Brent Geese @ Leigh-on-Sea, Thames Estuary | Wildlife Video

Every year they fly 2,500 miles from the Arctic Circle to South East England for the winter months.

From Wildlife Extra:

Victory for wildlife as Thames Estuary airport idea rejected

The much-debated decision on whether to build a new airport on the Thames Estuary has concluded with the Airports Commission ruling that the development will not go ahead, spelling relief for some, but leaving tensions high for supporters of the expansion.

The Thames Estuary was seen as a wholly unsuitable location for airport expansion by those opposing the proposal, who called the plans ‘environmental vandalism’. Wildlife organisations RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust, and Friends of the North Kent Marshes were vocal in their criticism, arguing that the Estuary is an important location for wildlife, and in particular for migratory bird species. The Estuary, they argue is so large and unique that it would be impossible to create it anywhere else in Europe, spelling disaster for migrating birds. In addition, they state that a massive increase in aviation capacity cannot fit within the UK Government targets to reduce emissions.

In light of this, the RSPB called the decision to shelve the plans in the area ‘common sense’, believing that no further expansion of aviation capacity should take place in the UK until the Government can demonstrate that any such plans would fit within the country’s legally binding climate targets.

“We have always said that the Thames Estuary is a disastrous place to put an airport,” said the RSPB’s Chief Executive Mike Clarke, commenting on the announcement. “The communities along the Estuary have been fighting plans for airports here for many years and none of them have taken into account the vital importance this area holds for many threatened species.”

The RSPB’s views were backed by Rodney Chambers, leader of Medway Council, who said the location was “financially, geographically and environmentally wrong.” …

Should airport expansion one day occur in the Thames Estuary, it is clear that it would come at a substantial cost for wildlife, both in terms of species degradation, and in monetary terms for the country with experts predicting that it would cost up to £2bn to provide alternative habitats for wildlife.

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