Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - 7:30 pm



Is this goodbye to Suffolk’s nature coast?

CRAIG BENNETT, high-profile environmentalist and CEO of Friends of the Earth, fell in love with the Suffolk coast after staying in a friend’s cottage in Dunwich.  He subsequently spent many hours bird-watching at RSPB Minsmere, enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the reserve. Craig is appalled by the impact that the construction of Sizewell C nuclear power station would have, should it go ahead.  Who would then experience the peaceful isolation of a hide, with a background noise of drilling and pile-driving and a view scarred by tall cranes?
What is the energy policy, that could be causing such destruction to Suffolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?  He will be discussing this question among many others.

ADAM ROWLANDS, RSPB Suffolk Area Manager, is deeply concerned about marsh harriers and other protected birds and animals, including rare bats, otters and water voles, that today pass freely from Minsmere to Sizewell for foraging and breeding.  They would be faced with a 7m high causeway supporting an access road and haul road, both taking heavy traffic and permanently lit.
Water levels are also a major concern.  These have to be just right for the successful breeding of Minsmere’s many species of uncommon birds.  How might EDF Energy’s reactor platform and new defences affect these?

SUFFOLK COASTAL FRIENDS OF THE EARTH will organise the evening.  A short film: ‘Sizewell’s Threatened Wildlife’ will be shown. 

We will together form a campaign strategy and decide, collectively, how we can best oppose this monstrous development.

Suffolk Coastal FOE have to raise £20,000 to pay scientists to act as expert witnesses in support of their fight against EDF Energy’s proposals to build the nuclear complex.  Please help if you can!  All donations gratefully received.  THANK YOU.