The Labour MP for Pendle is
supporting legislation in Parliament to enforce a "right to roam" on
upland, moorland and common land at almost all times, including night time.
This legislation will feature only limited restrictions on dogs, and will not
take into account any compensation for farmers whose livelihood will be affected
The MP and the Government have taken no account of the accidental or
deliberate hunting by dogs of wildlife, and the disturbance of ground-nesting
sites by walkers will lead to the destruction of much of Pendle's wildlife
heritage including many already rare species.
Make your voice heard before it is too late.
Protest to you MP now!
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Précis of a letter written by Mr. J Mellor, of Barnoldswick, in the Craven
Herald, 04 August 2000.
|"I can see no need whatsoever for Gordon Prentice's
proposed legislation of the "right to roam" bill as there are
more than adequate facilities for walking without incurring the wrath of
... my concern is with the untold damage that walkers and loose dogs
can inflict on ground nesting birds, birds on migration and the flora
and fauna. An example of one such bird is the dotterel, a bird
requiring an undisturbed habitat which rests in this are on its way from
Africa to the Cairngorms in Scotland.
... The Craven and Pendle
branch of the RSPB meets in Skipton Town Hall and gives monthly
lectures and film shows throughout the winter months and the East
Lancashire Ornithological Society do sterling work to inform the public
of our responsibilities towards our natural heritage.
Gordon Prentice and other irresponsible Politicians should take heed
and listen to the voice of reason - the people who live and work in the
countryside. Country people instinctively know conservation is
paramount, they want to preserve the countryside ethos and build on the
foundations laid by their forefathers."
A quotation by King George VI
"The wildlife of today is not ours to dispose of
as we please. We have it in trust and we must account for it to
those who come after."
For more details of Pendle Action for the Countryside, please contact our Ho.
Secretary, PO Box 319, Burnley, BB10 3GX.