National Trust to buy 'missing link' of White Cliffs of Dover
Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, now its Environment Columnist, is one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment and the natural world. He has won a string of awards for his work, including Environment Journalist of the Year (three times) and Specialist Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of the RSPB for “Outstanding Services to Conservation,” in 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and in 2011 the Dilys Breeze Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology. In 2009 McCarthy published Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo (John Murray), a study of Britain’s declining migrant birds.
Wednesday 27 June 2012
The whole of the White Cliffs of Dover, the traditional gateway to England, will be permanently protected from development if a new appeal by the National Trust is successful.
The Trust is seeking to buy the "missing link" in the cliffs – the stretch of the five miles of celebrated coastline either side of Dover which it does not own.
The "missing" section, which is just under a mile long, is one of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich parts of the cliffs. The Trust needs to raise £1.2m by the end of the year to buy it from a local landowner.
Fiona Reynolds, director general of the National Trust, said yesterday: "Immortalised in song and literature, the White Cliffs of Dover have become one of the great symbols of our nation. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure their future for everyone to enjoy."
The Trust, which looks after more than 720 miles of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, acquired its first stretch of the cliffs in 1968. Their white chalk faces stand 350ft high.
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