Hemel Hempstead MP Sir Mike Penning visited the Halsey Field Local Wildlife Site in Gadebridge last week.
Sir Mike met the Friends of Halsey Field after they had raised concerns about the future protection of Local Wildlife Sites in the Government’s new draft National Planning Policy Framework.
Sir Mike said:
“This was a very interesting visit and we discussed many ways in which we can protect this amazingly diverse site for the future. Local councils already have a duty to ensure the protection of Local Wildlife Sites but we need to make sure that this protection is maintained in future legislation if not increased.
“I have written to the Secretary of State about the apparent change in the National Planning Policy Framework and to the local councils to see what we can do locally to ensure this site’s future protection.”
On the same day, the Friends of Halsey Field carried out a night-time moth survey where they caught at least eight Elephant hawk-moths, one Privet hawk-moth, a Swallowtail moth and a Sitochroa Palealis (Sulphur Pearl). In total 59 species were caught in the traps before all being released back into the field before midnight.
Christine Ridley of the Friends of Halsey Field said: “This is an amazing site, much valued by local residents who are very pleased that we are managing it for its wide variety of wildlife.”