A burglary is taking place right now, right under our very noses one of the jewels in our countryside is being stolen from us. The perpetrators are West Dorset District Council, the jewel is Rampisham Down. This jewel is rare, it’s one of the largest areas of lowland acid grassland remaining in England and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of this. The Council have approved the development of a large solar farm on the site, which will have drastic and damaging consequences for the plants and other species that live there. If we don’t speak out about this theft, the Council will get away with this, and we will have lost another of our special places that make our countryside an enjoyable place to be. In our often blasted agricultural landscape, these sites rise up out of the desert, bringing us joy and hope, a place to lose yourself in the beauty of nature. We’ve lost almost all of wildflower meadow sites, we can’t afford to lose anymore. Once they’re gone, they’re invariably gone forever, despite our best attempts we can never recreate the diversity and complexity of the original creation. Please care about this, but more importantly, please show the relevant authorities that you care and that you’re not going to let them get away with this.
Sign the online petition here: Rampisham Down Wildlife Trust petition