Director’s Bulletin, January 2021
Latest news and forthcoming events from CPRE Avon and Bristol
Free Starry Skies events
We’ve teamed up with the amazing Jo Richardson, UK Space Ambassador and owner of Space Detectives to bring you an exciting programme of free online events which will take place throughout CPRE Star Count (6-14 February).
Star Count is CPRE’s national project to map light pollution. Star-filled skies are one of the most magical sights that nature has to offer, but our research shows that light pollution is leaving fewer stars than ever visible to the naked eye, and we need your help to track how light levels are changing. We’ll be asking you to choose a clear night between 6-14 February 2021 and look to the skies to see how many stars you can spot within the Orion constellation. Don’t worry, we’ll give you guidance so you know where to look. Anyone can take part in Star Count from their own home, whether from your garden, balcony or window. It’s a perfect lockdown activity! Sign up here and receive a free activity pack to download.
OUR PROGRAMME OF FREE EVENTS
To help you get started with star gazing and the Star Count, we are running 8 free online events. We have 4 live workshops for children and families (suitable for KS1/KS2) and 4 events for adults and older children. Workshops for children are limited to 35 spaces, and events for adults and older children have more space. We’re giving members and supporters of CPRE Avon and Bristol priority booking this week only, so book now, as these details will be shared with the wider CPRE membership next week. The events are available for anyone to book, though we would be delighted if you felt able to make a donation. At the same time, you might want to consider signing up to the CPRE Star Count take part in our national ‘citizen scientist’ research project.
Bristol Airport appeal decision to refuse expansion
CPRE Avon and Bristol have responded to the latest North Somerset Council consultation on Bristol Airport’s proposed expansion, reviewing the updated information submitted to support the application to increase capacity.
We remain firmly of the position that this expansion is unsustainable, economically unjustified, and damaging to the local ecology and tranquillity of North Somerset.
Charities call on the next West of England Mayor to prioritise a future that is rich in nature
We’ve joined a group of leading environmental organisations, including the National Trust, Woodland Trust and Avon Wildlife Trust, to call on the next West of England Mayor to prioritise a future for the local area that is rich in nature, for the benefit of all. This joint manifesto outlines actions with the aim of securing nature’s recovery, putting green infrastructure at the hearth of planning, improving health and wellbeing, and putting the West of England at the forefront of leading a green recovery.