Chris Packham warns of environmental 'catastrophe' over nuclear power station ...

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() It is a wetland nature reserve of such and importance that it became home to the BBC’s popular Springwatch series for three years.

But campaigners fear that Minsmere, a 2,500-acre Royal Society for the Protection of Birds site on the Suffolk coast, faces catastrophe under plans put forward by French energy firm EDF to build a new nuclear power station.

The site, which attracts numerous species of rare birds including marsh harriers, lies close to an existing nuclear power station, Sizewell B – but EDF now wants to build Sizewell C, which comprises two more giant reactors.

Opposition, led by naturalist and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, pictured above, is growing with more than 20,000 RSPB supporters sending emails to EDF urging it to think again

Opposition, led by naturalist and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, pictured above, is growing with more than 20,000 RSPB supporters sending emails to EDF urging it to think again

Locals say years of discussions between the firm, environmentalists and local residents had been positive until EDF this year scrapped its plan to build a special half-mile-long jetty so most of the millions of tons of materials needed to build the power plants could be delivered by sea. 

Instead, the firm is now suggesting three alternative ways to bring in materials by road and rail.

Campaigners say each would involve a huge increase in traffic and could involve up to 1,150 38-ton lorry movements in and out of the Sizewell site every day, which would disturb the delicate ecosystem that allows wildlife to thrive.

The disruption would last for at least a decade and require new village bypasses. 

The site, which attracts numerous species of rare birds including marsh harriers, lies close to an existing nuclear power station, Sizewell B ¿ but EDF now wants to build Sizewell C, which comprises two more giant reactors. Sizewell A and B are pictured above

The site, which attracts numerous species of rare birds including marsh harriers, lies close to an existing nuclear power station, Sizewell B – but EDF now wants to build Sizewell C, which comprises two more giant reactors. Sizewell A and B are pictured above

Even under the energy firm’s

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