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herpetologic2
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Posted: 04 Aug 2010
From the Save Kiln Meadow Facebook Group

Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) has outline planning
permission granted by Babergh District Council (BDC) for
200 homes to be built on Kiln Meadow. IBC plans to sell
this land to a developer as soon as possible.
Why does this matter?

Kiln Meadow is an area south of Bobbits Lane, between
Spring Wood and Bobbits Lane. It is bounded on three
sides by Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) which are:

* Spring Wood Ancient Woodland, a County Wildlife site
and Local Nature Reserve
* Millennium Wood, new woodland planted by lots of local
volunteers and regenerated woodland.
* Bobbits Lane LNR, wet meadows which provides habitat
for rare species such as otter, water vole, kingfisher
egrets, water rail, toad, etc.

This whole area has a number of wildlife species that
should be protected under the Biodiversity Action Plan
(BAP) for Suffolk, including otter, water vole,
bullfinch, skylark, reed bunting, song thrush, linnet,
black poplar, common toad, as well as other rare species
such as kingfisher, little egret, water rail, slow-worm,
stag beetle, hobby.

Developing Kiln Meadow will seriously affect the
habitats, particularly the water meadows which rely on
the fresh, clean water flowing through Kiln Meadow for
their existence ? draining it, changing the hydrology and
building houses will have a dramatic and adverse affect
on the water meadows.
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herpetologic2
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Posted: 04 Aug 2010
Further stuff from the Facebook Page

European toad (bufa bufa)This area is used intensively by
local people for recreation and exercise; it is within a
few miles of Ipswich town centre and so easily accessible
on foot or by bike ? you don't have to get into your car
to visit a beautiful patch of countryside.

Over the last few years a 'toad patrol' has operated to
assist European toads crossing Bobbits Lane. This spring,
over 20 volunteers helped over 4,400 toads. This was the
highest number of toads at one site in the country. This
site is therefore of national importance for toads. They
migrate from Spring Wood across Kiln Meadow and Bobbits
Lane to the water meadows, and so their route would be
completely destroyed.

What can you do to assist the campaign?

If you have an address in Ipswich Write or telephone your
local councillors asking them to keep Kiln Meadow as a
public space. A personalised approach is preferable to
email, which can be ignored. Please do this now - so that
your councillors are aware of the issue before the policy
commitee meets (Nov 3rd, 2008).

To find details of your local councillors, visit the
Ipswich Borough Council website. Just enter your postcode
at the bottom of that page, or click on your ward.

If you live outside Ipswich, please write to Cllr John
Carnall (Finance) and Cllr Richard Atkins (Planning and
Economic Development).

When writing to councillors it may be useful to include a
map, as they may not know this part of Ipswich. A map of
the area is available on the website
http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg/skim.htm and can
be printed out (select "landscape" orientation when
printing).

Alternatively, you could write to local newspapers, radio
or television.

Tell your family, friends and work colleagues about the
SKiM campaign. The more people who back the campaign, the
greater the chance that Ipswich Borough Council will
listen.

SKi
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visit ARG UK & Alresford Wildlife

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