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Snippets of news from the bird world?

Winter survey

Jared Wilson of Oxford`s Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology hopes to recruit a resourceful skilled field operator - who does not need to have an academic background - to help him study populations of European birds wintering in northern Nigeria and their habitat needs between October 1 and February 1.New life

Outdoor clothing manufacturer Barbour wants to revive huge numbers of old wax jackets - still popular with birders - hanging in cupboards and garages nationwide - and donate them to conservation charities. Clapped-out coats can be left at official collection points in stores and Conservation bodies wanting to benefit should contact Keeley Holmes on 0191 2657765.Odd opening?

Sandwich Bay Observatory Trust announce the opening on Sunday 8th September of their new Field Centre by their president W E Oddie. Admission by invitation only.Addresses provided by Stop Cliffe Airport Now

Local MP Robert Marshall-Andrews QC, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Department For Transport http://www.dft.gov.uk

Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU

Rt. Hon. John Spellar MP, Transport Minister, Department for Transport ? as above e-mail: john.spellar@dft.gsi.gov.uk
David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Transport, Department for Transport ? as above e-mail: david.jamieson@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Local Party Group Leaders
Cllr Paul Goodwin, Leader of Labour Group, Civic Centre, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4AU
Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Conservative Group ? as above
Cllr Geoff Juby Leader of Liberal Democratic Group ? as above
Cllr Ian Burt Leader of Independent Liberal Group ? as above

Labour MEPs
Peter Skinner, 99 Kent Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 2AJ e-mail: P.Skinner@europarl.eu.int
Mark Watts, Labour Euro Office, 29 Park Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1DR e-mail: MFWatts@aol.com

Conservative MEP
Daniel Hannan ? e-mail: office@hannan.co.uk

You can also visit the following websites, follow the links and e-mial your views to:
Medway Council - http://www.medway.gov.uk
Kent County Council - http://www.kent.gov.uk
RSPB: e-mail and pledge your support on noairportatcliffe@rspb.org.uk

You could also write to Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP at Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR expressing your appreciation of the recent stand he made in a letter to the Sunday Times regarding the environmental impact of the proposal.

Get your children to write a letter to Tony Blair in their own words expressing how they feel, together with a picture.wildness and wet

Someone pointed out a very aposite poem in support of saving Cliffe from the buldozer and jumbo jet… Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins; in it he wrote:

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Amen to that!

4th July 2014