Save The Ribble

A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ribble Coast and Wetlands Walking Festival - Autumn Rambles on the Ribble

Autumn has arrived, and the birds are returning to the Ribble for the Winter - the Redshank have already started arriving to the Penwortham and Broadgate mudflats - and there have been some beautiful sunsets over the past week or two.




The Ribble Coast and Wetlands Walking Festival starts this coming weekend, with events at Granny's Bay at Lytham St Anne's, the Ainsdale dunes, Hesketh Out Marsh, Mere Sands Wood, Martin Mere - and Preston and Penwortham.



Save The Ribble and the Ribbleside Friends Group both have RCWWF Walks:

 - The Ribbleside Friends have a Ramble on Ribbleside on Sunday 24th, starting at the Old Tram Bridge at 1pm,

- and Save The Ribble have a Ribble Walk from Preston to Hutton Marsh on Sunday 31st October, starting at Penwortham Old Bridge at 10.30am.










Full details are:



Ramble on Ribbleside

Sunday 24th October

Starting 1pm at the Old Tram Bridge between Avenham Park in Preston and Ribbleside Country Park in Penwortham.

An easy walk but some stiles and steps, so unsuitable for wheels.

Walking downriver from the Old Tram Bridge as far as Preston Junction Nature Reserve, then a nice meandering route through the Reserve and Ribbleside's meadows and woodlands, and returning back to the Tram Bridge via the River Darwen.

Total time approx 2 hours.



Email: ribblesidefriends [at] tiscali [dot] co [dot] uk for further details.

 



Ribble Walk: Preston to Hutton Marsh.

Sunday 31st October

10.30am start (note: the clocks will have changed the night before!)

Meet at Penwortham Old Bridge over the River Ribble at Broadgate in Preston and Leyland Road in Penwortham.

A walk downriver to Hutton Marsh, and back again on a different path if the conditions are suitable. Bring a packed lunch.

Some rough ground, and likely to be muddy, but you may be lucky enough to see the Ribble bore on the returning walk!

8 miles max.





Email: savetheribble at tiscali dot co dot uk for further details.





For more walks and events during Ribble Coast and Wetlands Walking Festival week, see the RCW website.

Severn Barrage Scrapped. Barrages Yesterday's Big Idea

The news that the Severn Barrage scheme has finally been dropped comes as no surprise to members of Save The Ribble.

Barrages are expensive, they are barriers to marine wildlife, they totally mess up the environment.

The inflated claims made for the Severn Barrage's potential to generate energy have been shown to be vastly over optimistic,

The environmentalists case that the barrage would destroy rare habitats and threaten some fish and bird species while also raising the risk of floods has been shown to be correct.


FOE Cymru welcomed the decision while offering support for alternative approaches to reaping the Severn’s tidal power.

“The Severn estuary is an extremely important source of renewable energy that ought to be harnessed as soon as possible,” said FOE Cymru director Gordon James.

“We believe this could be done by other less damaging technologies, such as tidal lagoons, tidal reefs and a shoots barrage, and we hope the government will pursue these better options urgently.”


Save the Ribble congratulates FOE Cymru and all the anti-Severn Barrage campaigners for their long, sustained and well argued battle against this ill conceived plan.

Just as with the Ribble Barrage, the case for building the Severn barrage was put together by developers hoping to have huge amounts of public money poured down their throats. In the end, despite all the hype, the figures just did not add up. The big difference was that with the Ribble Barrage, there wasn't even the potential to generate electricity.

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