RSPB SZC3 response

from their webpage –

RSPB Response to the Sizewell C Stage 3 Public Consultation
The RSPB has reviewed the Stage 3 public consultation documents for Sizewell C. We note that this is intended to be the final stage of public consultation prior to an application for development consent and our primary comments therefore focus on issues that require resolution before this application is submitted. We have also provided detailed comments on the consultation documents in the annex to this response.
The RSPB and the Suffolk Coast
RSPB Minsmere is located immediately to the north of the proposed Sizewell C development site. Minsmere’s habitats include four national conservation priorities: reedbeds, lowland wet grassland, shingle vegetation and lowland heath. These habitats support a range of bird, plant and invertebrate populations of international conservation importance.
RSPB Minsmere receives over 120,000 visitors each year, attracted to the area by the beautiful wideopen spaces and wildlife experiences the landscape offers. It plays a vital role in the local community contributing over £8 million to the economy and supporting well over 200 jobs. The reserve forms part of a wider area found within the Suffolk Coast, recognised for its value for wildlife, and protected by a range of national and international nature conservation designations including SSSI, SPA, SAC and Ramsar site. The RSPB Minsmere reserve forms a part of the following sites (the Minsmere-Walberswick designated sites):
• The Minsmere-Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) contains a complex of habitats, notably mudflats, shingle beach, reedbeds, heathland and grazing marsh and supports populations of important birds, including bearded tit, Cetti’s warbler and shoveler, scarce plants such as whorled water milfoil and a number of rare wetland moths.

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