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Dec 31 13

2013 Review (also sorry for the gap!)

by jonh

January:
* Baby Adam was born much to the delight of grandparents :)

February:
* Mostly relatives visiting Adam or being visited by Adam!

March:
* First trip to Cabot Circus in Bristol having left Adam with a grandparent for the first time.
* Winchester Beer festival

April:
* Emma’s birthday, gave the tree a haircut

May:
* My birthday, short break to Center Parcs with Adam

June:
* Southampton Beer Festival
* Brought “the pod” for Adam

July:
* Went to see Sweden compete in European cricket near Brighton:

August:
* Decking the Revenge delivered:

* Marwell Zoo Go Rhinos arty thing in Southampton completed:

* Finished my Lego F1 car that I got in May
https://twitter.com/bluemonki/status/368491797145591808
Lego F1 Car

September:
* My Dad dies :(

* Decking the Revenge begun:
Decking the Revenge begun

* Adam visits the Autumn show

October:
* DECKING THE REVENGE COMPLETED!!
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DeckingTheRevenge&src=hash
Decking the Revenge completed

* Went to go and see Henning Weng
* Went to go and see Turin Brakes :)

November:

* Managed to spontaneously detach my retina :(

Eye Patch

* Got promoted while off on Sick leave

December:

* Adam gets his first hair cut
* Christmas…..

Apr 29 13

Housing plan cancelled!

by jonh

I have no idea if my Wildlife trust letter, which resulted in an email response promising a letter to the council, had anything to do with it; but the entire housing plan has been thrown out :)

Mar 8 13

A letter to the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust

by jonh

Hello,

I’m not sure if this is specifically the area of the Wildlife Trust but as your website says: “Influencing the land-use and marine planning systems to make sure that house-building, gravel dredging and other activities don’t harm habitats and wildlife.” I thought it was worth a go.

I live in an area of Southampton called Lordswood (SO16 8EJ) , it’s a nice place, and, as the name suggests quite woody, full of trees and wildlife. The area has little signs around it saying that various areas are “managed to encourage wildlife” (see [http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-leisure/parksgreenspaces/thehawthorns/wildlife.aspx]), though most of the time these would appear to be ignored

Sadly we received the a letter informing us that the council now wish to build some houses directly upon these areas that are “managed to encourage wildlife”

From what I’ve seen in the past it would appear to impossible to change any of these decisions after they’ve been made, but I enjoy the small forest and marshy area (some of the proposed site) and I like hearing the owls, the bats, the woodpeckers and seeing the nuthatches hop up and down the trees.

As I said at the start, I don’t know if this is something that you do, or if there is anything that you can do, but any support from the HWT would be very welcome.

thanks

John