We have been approached about adding Llanelli Wetland Centre (owned and managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust). At first glance this was declined, as the site is not designated, according to our policy.
However, on further consideration, it was noted that several of the other WWT sites are already listed (eg Arundel, Martin Mere, Slimbridge), and that WWT is a globally renowned group in conservation circles.
Team GxFF have agreed that:
The WWT should be treated on a par with the RSPB
The remaining WWT sites should be allocated GxFF/WWFF references
The Allocation Policy should be updated to reflect this
The ten WWT sites are as follows:
GFF-0398 – Arundel WWT
GFF-0394 – Martin Mere WWT (and SPA/RAMSAR)
GFF-0399 – Slimbridge WWT
GFF-0181 – Steart Marshes WWT – part of Bridgewater Bay NNR (and Severn Estuary SAC/SPA/RAMSAR)
GFF-0072 – Welney WWT – part of Ouse Washes SPA/SAC/RAMSAR
GFF-0110: The Lower Derwent Valley NNR boundaries have been adjusted, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. Note: the reference boundaries are unchanged, as it is all within the SPA/SAC/RAMSAR designated area.
GFF-0145: The Ribble and Alt Estuaries NNR boundaries have been adjusted, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. As part of this, the contiguous Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB has been extended and designated as part of the NNR.
GFF-0150: The Marshside RSPB has become designated as part of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries NNR (see GFF-0145) – it will retain its separate reference.
GFF-0372: has been renamed as Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses NNR – Walton Moss SAC, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. The reference covers the whole of Walton Moss SAC, so the extension of the NNR within the SAC have no direct affect. The designation of Bolton Fell Moss SAC as an NNR is reflected in GFF-0425.
Where boundaries have changed, activators must ensure that their activation position is still within the designated areas!
The UK GxFF team would like to announce that Denise 2E0SLO will take on the new role of events organizer. Denise will work with the GxFF team to arrange and encourage more events to take place across the UK going forward.
The Covid rules across the UK provide a confusing mish-mash of restrictions:
On Wednesday 2nd December, the current English national-lockdown comes to an end, being replaced by a three-Tier system, which will last until (at least February).
In Wales, new restrictions (which have not yet been finalised) will come into force from Friday, 4 December.
Scots now find themselves in Level 4 restrictions, which will remain in place for three weeks.
Northern Ireland has entered a new circuit breaker, which will cover the two-week period from November 27 until December 11
Team GxFF have considered the available information and have decided that decisions whether to perform an activity should be left to the judgement of the activator, with due consideration to the rules in force at their home and at the target reference, and in particular with regards any travel restrictions in place.
Team GxFF reiterate that this is not an encouragement to undertake any activity, and accept no liability for any consequences of any decision by an activator to perform an activation.
We will, of course, keep monitoring any changes in the Rules…
Eleven new references (GFF-0383 to GFF-0393 inclusive) have been added to the GFF Directory…
eight of these are in Norfolk, requested by Andy G7SQW
three are in the Northern Pennines, requested by Carl 2E0HPI
Several of these have either already been activated, or imminent activations have been announced.
GFF – Norfolk
As part of a planned update to the entire GxFF Directory, and linked to the assessment of the new entries (see above), all entries within the County of Norfolk now have Region and Worked All Britain square information provided.
The Region information uses the NUTS1 regions (EE representing Eastern England) and the County or Unitary Authority – so for Norfolk, all entries are tagged as EE-No.
In turn, all other references will be updated in a similar manner.