Open Letter sent to Margaret Beckett MP, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and Member of Parliament for Derby South.
|Margaret Beckett, when Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs |
opening The Sanctuary bird and wildlife reserve with Cllr Ruth Shelton in 2004
|Derby County Football Stadium as seen from within The Sanctuary.|
Curlew Sandpiper just visible in front of reed beds.
|Left to right: Nick Moyes (Derby Museums), Margaret Beckett MP, |
Cllr Ruth Shelton, Debbie Alston (DWT)
Sadly, it's cycling itself that now threatens the survival of The Sanctuary Local Nature Reserve. A multi-sports arena and velodrome was recently approved in outline to be built on the adjacent Park&Ride car park. The Council will not reveal the precise extent of the velodrome's footprint, "as the specification for the building has not yet been completed".
We were so grateful for your support back in 2004, and we may welcome your support once again should it transpire that Derby City Council does indeed plan to cycle rough-shod over a designated Local Nature Reserve, and all the wildlife that it so successfully protects.
(former Keeper of Natural Sciences, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, and Sanctuary Project Team member.)
- Pride Park from the air: http://bit.ly/pridepark-air
- Council Leisure Facility Strategy 12 April 2011 http://bit.ly/derbyvelo (see picture page 8)
- TV's David Lindo (aka The Urban Birder) writes about Derby in Bird Watching Magazine July 2010
- Derby's urban wildlife on BBC TV's Nature of Britain 2007.
- Amateur video of Dartford Warbler in 2005
Photos from The Sanctuary at Pride Park, Derby
|Lapwing, with Derby County Football Stadium behind.|
|Little Ringed Plover can be seen at The Sanctuary most years.|
|Wheatear - a passage bird, but some suspicion of breeding in past years.|
(Photo: N Moyes)
|Sand martin flying into artificial nest bank at The Sanctuary.|
(Photo S. Whitehead)
|Curlew Sandpiper - The Sanctuary's first rarity!|
(Photo N. Moyes)
|Sand Martin. Each year around 25 pairs bred successfully at Pride Park.|
The Park & Ride service operates from 7am-7pm Mon to Sat. Unfortunately,there is no access to view The Sanctuary on Sundays.