Welcome to the Barmoor Fauna and Flora.We would like you to know what a rich area we have here for biodiversity and what the ecological impact of a development at Barmoor would be.
Common sundew © Laurie Campbell
Northern Marsh Orchid. © Laurie Campbell
The ecological value of the area is supported by Alnwick Wildlife Groups
special survey of 2003 and its use by several professional naturalists from the
area, as well as by the general use of the extensive network of paths by
ramblers groups and other countryside users. The mixture of heath, bog, rough
grassland, scrub thickets and semi-natural woods makes the area around the
proposed wind power station a haven for a wide range of plant and animal
species something that is increasingly rare in modern Britain.
Red Squirrel, endangered species © Laurie Campbell
Research into the operational impact of the turbines on flying birds and
bats is incomplete, but recent reports of collisions at established wind power
stations are calling into question the models used for predictions in planning
assessments. In this context, the proposed wind power station at Barmoor
presents not only the threat of habitat degradation, fragmentation and
disturbance, but it will also blight a much used and well loved piece of our
natural heritage arguably the richest and most versatile piece of countryside
Small pearl bordered fritillary © Laurie Campbell
Halting biodiversity loss by 2010
The UK government has made a commitment to halting biodiversity loss by 2010 as a response to the alarming loss of wildlife and habitats.
Biodiversity is the variety of life on the planet. This includes not only birds, but also the plant and animal species that make up our wildlife - and the places or habitats in which they live.There are three key elements to halting biodiversity loss in the UK
- We need to protect and enhance threatened species and habitats
- We must protect and manage our finest wildlife sites
- We have to 'make space' for biodiversity. For example, we must make our farmland, forests, rivers and oceans more wildlife friendly places to live and increase access to biodiversity's quality of life benefits
Short eared owl.
(See other Barmoor owls and Hear their calls on the owls page.)
The stunning photographs on this site are copyright and by kind permission of Laurie Campbell, internationally renowned wildlife photographer, who lives locally. If you would like to buy some of his work click here to go to his website.