An online petition has been launched to help save a rare species of moth which could be under threat from an offshore wind farm cabling route.
The petition at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-belted-beauty-in-lancashire-1 has been set up by Graham Dixon to help save the belted beauty moth, which has just one remaining population in the UK at Heysham.
In his petition, Graham asks the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State, for communities and local government, to prevent the routing of windfarm cabling through the salt marsh south of Heysham as part of the Walney Extension Offshore Windfarm by Dong Energy (UK) Ltd. The moth has been lost from other sites through development and the construction of coastal defences.
Proposals by the energy company have included trenching and, more recently, tunnelling through parts of the site.
So far, 352 people have signed the petition.
A spokesperson for Dong Energy (UK) Ltd said: “DONG Energy has undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Walney Extension offshore wind farm and is fully aware of the saltmarsh habitat and the Belted Beauty Moth.
“The developer has been in communication with Butterfly Conservation, Lancashire Moth Group and Natural England throughout the development of the proposed project.
“This has included DONG Energy undertaking several site visits to the saltmarsh with the groups.”