Petition to Help Save Loch Ness Red Squirrels

Please sign the following petition to tell the Scottish Government to stop the Scottish Forestry Commission from destroying squirrel habitat!

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Demand that Loch Ness red squirrels are saved from destruction.

“Red squirrels are endangered in the United Kingdom and are a protected animal. Their forest habitat must be protected or they will not survive.

The Scottish Forestry Commission have brought forward their plans for more clear felling in Invermoriston by 20 years, and we are asking that they leave a forest corridor for the red squirrels so that they don’t die.

The Scottish Forestry Commission are responsible for planting maintaining and harvesting trees. The trees are mainly used for paper making and fuel products. They have already felled three large areas around the village and have not yet replanted any trees. They propose to continue the clear felling which will leave the populations of red squirrels and pine martins no suitable habitat here. They claim to be partners in protecting and reintroducing the red squirrel — so they should not be able to destroy squirrels’ habitat without making some provision for them.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

Squirrels are not the only creatures under threat as a result of the Forestry Commission’s dubious plans.

The destruction of forests displaces others animals, destroys their habitats, their right to live in this world free from interference by man.

Look at what has happened to a forest in Co Durham near to the approach of the Yorkshire Dales

What become of the Stang Forest :

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http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1197951

Privatisation

The Stang Forest was privatised back in 2011 before the coalition abandoned their plans to privatize our forests as a result of public pressure.

“AS protests over the privatisation of the region’s woodland grows, The Northern Echo can reveal that one 526- hectare forest has been sold to a consultancy company.

The Forestry Commission confirmed last night that The Stang, an evergreen forest, was sold in January for £3.25m.”

“The Stang is one of many post-war conifer plantations in the region, but about nine years ago the Forestry Commission launched a 50-year project to encourage a wider variety of trees to grow in the forest.

It was hoped that more hardwood and deciduous trees would attract a wider variety of flora and fauna.”

Read More:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8833856.Consultancy_company_buys_our_woodland/  – at the rate logging is progressing it is unlikely there will be any Forest left in fifty years time or even the next decade!

The new owners promised it would remain accessible.

All well and good if there is any forest left after it has been decimated by logging in the past four years without seemingly much effort to replace the cut down trees.

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http://www.ldwa.org.uk/Cleveland/W/1902/a-barningham-trail.html  As the comment so clearly points out:
“We had good views all day especially from Hope Scar looking towards Teesdale, which had probably not been seen for more than 50 years as this section of Stang Forest had recently been cut down, opening up a panoramic views. “

Maybe an impressive view but what about the thousands of wild creatures displaced including deer and the pleasure of walking in this forest for locals and visitors alike. Indeed vast swaths of this forest have been hacked down and logging continues on a scale more massive than that which previously occurred. In other regions of Co Durham other small forests have been cut down with no regard for the wildlife that inhabits them.

Be on the alert for any  UK government plans to sell off our forests. A different issue you may think but reading the article below and looking at the photographs above it isn’t is it. With privatisation comes even more devastation to our forests and death for our wildlife. Until privatisation relatively few trees had been cut down in the Stang Forest now whole sections lay bear.

Despite the shelving of plans as a result of public pressure to privatise our forests the threat remains, more so after the Tory majority. Prior to the election the Lib/Dems had plans to put forests into trust to avoid privatisation.

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation, so it is likely that privatisation of our forests is on the agenda.
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/lib-dems-forests-trusts-avoid-privatisation-trees

Even with those forests left under the care of the Forestry Commission there remains a threat of private involvement to the detriment of wildlife and local people such was the case of Fineshade Woods in Northamptonshire.

“Forest Holidays, a joint venture with the Forestry Commission, wants to build the holiday cabins at Fineshade Woods, near Corby.

Campaigners say if the multi-million pound venture goes ahead it will threaten wildlife habits and spoil the beauty of the woodland.”

Read More:
Fineshade Woods cabins ‘will be a money-spinner’

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/fineshade-woods-cabins-will-be-a-money-spinner-1-6062432  – note in this article the usual promise of jobs and a boost to the ecconomy in order to justify building at Fineshade woods.

A Close Shave for Fineshade

“Last week I attended the meeting of East Northamptonshire Council at which the councillors considered a planning application from Forest Holidays – a commercial off-shoot of the Forestry Commission – to build 70 holiday chalets in Fineshade Woods.  The outcome was a good one, but the process was concerning. ”

Read More:
https://www.buglife.org.uk/blog/matt-shardlow-ceo/a-close-shave-for-fineshade

While it appears that the threat has passed for Fineshade woods we must remain vigilant to prevent the privatisation of our forests.

The forests are saved, but campaigners must remain vigilant

“The campaign to protect the forests must continue. If we drop our guard, there is little doubt that the government will have another go.  Dave Bangs who co-ordinates Keep Our Forests Public wrote recently in the Morning Star, ‘State ownership’s major advantage is that it subtracts a resource, at least partially, from the irrationality and greed of the market.’ The answer for our public forests is the same as the answer for our economy – we need more democratic public ownership and economy-wide planning, enough to break the dominance of the market and not some porridge of private businesses and “social enterprises” struggling for their market share.'”
Read More:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-forests-are-saved-but-campaigners-must-remain-vigilant/ – notice at the end of the article the following link:
38 degrees forest campaign http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/save-our-forests/ Apparently there was a second attempt last year to privatize our forests from which once again the coalition backed down.  I doubt they have given up yet and now with more power than before it is even more likely they will try again.

Please sign the petition to save red squirrels if you have not already done so:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

 

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7 thoughts on “Petition to Help Save Loch Ness Red Squirrels

  1. I solely believe that red squirrels are at the core of everything, they are a paramount feature of the food chain and if they go extinct then the world as we know it will collapse.

    • Of course the world will not collapse. But consider that the lives of red Squirrels are as important to them as ours are to us. Thousands of species go extinct every year mostly as a result of human activity.
      http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/biodiversity/biodiversity/

      In the end the extinction of other species, of which squirrels are one, will effect us! Just because they don’t directly effect the food chain as far as it relates to self centred human beings doesn’t mean that it’s okay to allow them to become extinct.

  2. Can you give us an update on what happened with this appeal? The petition is still being advertised on petition.com, and many people are still signing it (at the time I signed it, the “target” was 260000 I think … but each time the target is reached it gets extended by another 10000 or so). It’s unclear whether the petition has been presented to the Forestry Commission, or whether a decision has been taken. By searching online I have found a few links mentioning plans to cut down trees near Invermoriston “over the next two years” (these having been posted a while) but no details of when, how many, of corridors being left. Or much about the squirrels….

    • I am surprised this petition is still on-line. I am sorry but I do not know what is happening regarding this matter. I only promoted the petition on-line in much the same way as I do with other petitions concerning similar issues. I am afraid I don’t know anymore than the information that is included with the petition. There appears to be no updates. If you click on the name of the person who signed the petition, Amanda Warwick, you will be taken to the following feedback page where you will able to send her a message, perhaps she will than provide you with an update:

      http://www.care2.com/petition_feedback/652569454

      Hope this helps, sorry I don’t have more information. If I can find out anything I will post it here. I have done an on-line search and you are right there appears to be no new information.

      It might also be an idea to write to the Scottish Forestry commission to find out what is happening

      http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/

      • Thanks for the reply, I’ve actually messaged Amana Warwick through the petition site, but no reply yet. People still signing in their droves!

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