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.
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 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…
The original Wealden Heaths SPA was named Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons SPA and assigned WWFF reference GFF-0207.
Phase I of this SPA added further protection to the Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons SSSI, which also forms the southern part of the Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham SAC – the northern part of the SAC forms part of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA (qv).
Subsequently, the SPA has been extended and renamed, with the addition of four standalone SSSIs. These have now been assigned WWFF GFF references as follows:
GFF-0355 = Devil’s Punch Bowl SSSI
GFF-0356 = Woolmer Forest SSSI and SAC
GFF-0357 = Bramshott and Ludshott Commons SSSI
GFF-0358 = Broxhead and Kingsley Commons SSSI
It is hoped that these will all be activated over the coming months.