RSPB visit for MEP

Richard Howitt MEP visiting the Ouse Washes. ANL-140424-111802001
Richard Howitt MEP visiting the Ouse Washes. ANL-140424-111802001
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Euro MP Richard Howitt visited the Ouse Washes RSPB centre, near Chatteris, on Tuesday.

He was there to discuss how Europe can make a difference to conservation efforts.

The Labour MEP spoke with staff and volunteers about EU environmental targets, which a recent report shows has led to a massive improvement, for example, in the water quality of Britain’s beaches – previously the worst in Europe.

The RSPB, together with European charity Birdlife Europe, presented Richard with their “EU manifesto” for preserving natural habitats until 2019, during the next session of the European Parliament.

Mr Howitt said: “I’m delighted to again join forces with the RSPB to stand up for conservation and a cleaner natural environment.

“I’ve previously helped attract EU funding for RSPB conservation projects and have pushed for tough environmental regulation in Europe.

“Areas like this stunning site at Ouse Washes are vitally important for our ecosystem.”