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  • Wildlife haven saved. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce today that it has reached its goal of raising £235,000 in just five weeks to save a 72 acre plot of land said to be the site where Kenneth Grahame was inspired to write the classic tale ‘Wind in the Willows’. The acquisition will double the size of the Trust’s existing Moor Copse Nature Reserve near the village of Tidmarsh in Berkshire. The resulting enlarged site will provide a thriving wildlife haven boasting ideal habitat for many threatened species, including the lesser spotted woodpecker, the scarlet tiger moth and of course the water vole - the original ‘Ratty’ Wildlife Trusts, December 22 / Biodiversity UK
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  • Building a Greener Future: Towards Zero Carbon Development, consultation document launched. Communities and Local Government, December 13
  • Friends of the Earth welcomes new planning measures, but says Code for Sustainable Homes should be mandatory. FoE, December 13
  • The Wildlife Trusts welcome today’s consultation draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS), Planning and Climate Change, but warn it needs to go further to prepare wildlife for climate change, December 13 / Biodiversity UK
  • So how safe is the Green Belt? CPRE, December 13 / Spatial planning
  • Poor communities get free-to-use cash machines. The Guardian, December 13, Rupert Jones. / Social inclusion
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