Christmas Competition – Win An Iconic Badge and Hand-Made Felted Puffin!



Many thanks to all who keep sharing and donating to our new challenge to the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.  

We have a brilliant Christmas competition in which you can win one of our iconic “Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and Nuclear Waste Out!” badges and also a beautiful little hand-made felted Puffin.  This little Puffin has actually gone walkabout on the “Colourful Coast!”

The coast of West Cumbria and the Irish Sea which cradles it, is such an important home to increasingly rare sea-birds – including the black guillemot. The little puffin can even occasionally be seen frequenting this area.

To Win the Badge and the Puffin please answer the following question:


The first person to answer correctly will be the Winner!

Send your answers to Wastwater @   (close the gaps!) with the subject heading :  Puffin


The Birds of St Bees say: Save My Home!

Save My Home Stop the Cumbrian Coal Mine

The Birds of St Bees say “Save My Home- Stop the Cumbrian Coal Mine”

TELL Cumbria County Council to Stop the Coal Mine.  It is the last nesting place in England of the Black Guillemot (and much more besides)

Sign the Petition Here. (this is a NEW petition)

If you have time please write to Cumbria County Council and tell them to scrap this terrible plan (even if you have written before please drop them a line again).

The main points to make are that this mine would fly in the face of the Council’s own climate commitments and its own stated commitments to protect the health and well being of all Cumbrians….AND the IMPACTS of this mine would extend far BEYOND Cumbria.   Send an email to – quoting the application reference number 4/17/9007 and including your name and address.


Send a Tweet to the Wildlife Trusts tell them to “Do Your Bit” to Save our Living Seas from the First Deep Coal Mine in Decades!!

Cumbria Wildlife Trust Tweet

I have just sent a tweet to the Wildlife Trusts …..Wowee- with this public reach @WildlifeTrusts are uniquely placed to #KeepCumbrianCoalintheHole #StBees is the last breeding place in England of the #BlackGuillemot the #IrishSea is under threat Save our #LivingSeas and PLEASE @CraigBennett3 tell @CumbriaCC 2stop @WCumbriaMining….

The Wildlife Trusts feature the Black Guillemot – the same Black Guillemot that is under threat from the plan to mine for coal deep under the Irish Sea.  The damage done by this development would be many layered from climate change to physical damage to the nesting site at St Bees – the only nesting site in England left for the Black Guillemot.

This is what the Wildlife Trusts say:

“Did you know?

The black guillemot is also known as the ‘Tystie’ in the Scottish Isles, which was probably derived from the Norse name for the bird.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a Living Seas vision, where coastal and marine wildlife thrives alongside the sustainable use of the ocean’s resources. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.”

Send a Tweet to the Wildlife Trusts – Now it is the Wildlife Trusts turn to “Do Your Bit”  – and oppose the coal mine plan.  So far there has been silence.


Black Guillemot

Merry Christmas to All!

Dear Friends,

Here is a Christmas Card from some of the beautiful and increasingly rare birds to be found at the area under threat from the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.

“We Three Black Guillemots

Of St Bees, Thank You, for Keeping

Coal Deep Under the Seas.”

The only breeding place left in England of the Black Guillemot is St Bees, the area directly under threat.

St Bees Head supports northwest England’s only cliff-nesting seabird colony, which is situated between Whitehaven and St. Bees in west Cumbria. Three viewing points give you superb views of the colony and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Man across the sea.” RSPB

Thank You to everyone for generously donating

 and sharing the battle to 

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole!

With All Best Wishes for a Safe, Peaceful Christmas


on behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

Wildlife Watch – Who will Speak Up for these beautiful creatures ?


These pictures were taken in September 2019.

The wildlife is returning to the mining area of Whitehaven following decades of coal extraction. Now three decades after coal extraction stopped the plan is to open the first deep coal mine in the UK here under the Irish Sea off the fragile wildlife habitat of St Bees.

The mine would extend to within five miles of Sellafield. Cumbria County Council voted unanimously to approve the plan back in March and they plan to ratify this on October 31st 2019.

The battle goes on.

Please write, phone, email, speak opposing ratification.

******contact Cumbria County Council stating your opposition to their ratification of the coal mine plan.  
People can email the Development Control Committee asking that this outrageous coal mine plan is not ratified.  You can ask to speak at the meeting in Kendal on the 31st October (see above)  demanding that the original vote by Cumbria County Council is not ratified.  


Quote:   Ref No. 4/17/9007  West Cumbria Mining
The meeting will be in Kendal County Offices  on 31st Oct. at 10am  We hope  that as many people as can get to Kendal  County Offices on 31st October will come along and demand that the Council do not ratify the decision to open the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.********

Tweet of the Day! Stop the Cumbrian Coal Mine – Only Nesting Place of Black Guillemot in England

Dear Friends,


as you may know Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is a small group, with a small reach so we need all of you to help and please sign the petition to the Secretary of State James Brokenshire asking him to CALL IN CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL’s OUTRAGEOUS DECISION

You may not know that St Bees is the only place in England where the amazing black guillemot nests – this coal mine so close to Sellafield threatens us all, not just the black guillemot!