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RE: Bats

Dear Elizabeth

Bats could be in imminent danger. Fracking is set to take place right on the doorstep of protected bat species in Ryedale, Yorkshire. Just imagine what the impact of bright lights and the noise of heavy machinery could be on these nocturnal creatures.


We’ve been in touch about this issue a couple of times already simply because it’s so urgent. We must stop fracking company Third Energy before potential damage is done to the habitat of these protected bats.


So many of you have shown your concern at the potential threat to our little winged friends – and together we can fight back to defend the Ryedale bats against avoidable and unnecessary harm.

Will you please help us step up the fightback with a donation today?


Thanks so much for your generous support,


Anna & the fracking team (and the Ryedale bats)

Previous email:

Dear Elizabeth

Protected bat species have been identified right next to a fracking site in Ryedale, Yorkshire. And ecologists have recommended that work must not go ahead at the site until a full investigation has been carried out [1].
But fracking company Third Energy plans to start operations next week – despite knowing bats are nearby. This is urgent. Can you take a minute to raise the alarm?
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Ryedale is even home to Britain’s rarest bat of all – the tiny alcathoe bat.
But despite this, fracking was given the go-ahead without a fully comprehensive bat survey being carried out. In fact planners were originally told that there are no bats at the fracking site at all – something the fracking company’s own surveys have since shown to be wrong.

If fracking begins it’ll bring bright lights, noise, machines and increased traffic to this quiet corner of the countryside. Without a proper investigation how can anyone be sure what the impact could be on these protected species?
Friends of the Earth supporters and local community groups have a fantastic track record of delaying and stopping fracking – none has gone ahead in the UK for over 6 years. So we now have a real chance of putting the brakes on fracking in Ryedale.
And if thousands of us make a noise about the plight of Ryedale’s protected bats, we’ll have a better chance than ever.
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Of course this story is bigger than Ryedale’s little winged residents. With violent storms raging across the globe it’s clearer than ever that we need to tackle climate change head on – and stop extracting fossil fuels from the ground.
So from the smallest creatures to the biggest challenge facing the planet, this action matters.
Thank you, and good luck.
Anna & the fracking team

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[1] JBA Consulting: KM8 Review of Bat Survey Methodology and Mitigation.
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