Tag: #nestsnotnets

Suffolk | Calls for netting to be removed

Having been shown proof that netting – used to stop Kittiwakes from nesting on buildings that precisely replicate historic nesting sites that we have been destroying since we claimed the coast for our own – is trapping wild birds, BT has ‘vowed’ to have a look about taking it down (presumably while also having a look to see just how many birds their nets have already killed). And equally magnanimously they have decided they will ‘allow’ Kittiwakes to nest on one side of the building…Why are nets being used in the first place though? We’ve covered this several times on the site, but essentially while active nests of almost all bird species are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, stopping them from nesting in the first place is not. So, as a pre-emptive strike building managers are putting up nets so that they can technically sidestep the law.

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Wales | Hedgerow netting that stops birds nesting

Another Spring, another use of netting to stop birds from nesting so as not to inconvenience (or cost) a developer – this time from Powys in Wales. Why would anyone net a hedge? Because while active nests of almost all bird species are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (see Nesting birds and the Law), stopping them from nesting in the first place is not. So, as a pre-emptive strike (and often even before the development has been given permission to go ahead) developers are putting up nets (or recommending others do it). And what a handy excuse it’s becoming. Note in the article below the either breathtakingly ignorant or breathtakingly mendacious claim that netting a hedgerow “should not be interpreted as pre-empting the planning process”. Over-use of pesticides, intensive agriculture, an obsession with ‘tidiness’, massive habitat change, and now determined efforts to stop our birds from nesting. Little wonder why we are living in one of the most nature-depleted regions on the planet…

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Petition Update | Save last North Shields nesting kittiwakes – Remove the netting!

The netting off of nest sites is becoming a real blight across the UK, as the #NestsNotNets Twitter campaign has been detailing. Why is this happening? Nests of almost all wild birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (and amendments) as we have explored extensively in our ever-evolving post Nesting Birds and the Law, but in most cases nest sites are not. If developers or local authorities can stop nests from being started, then technically they are not breaking the law. It’s a ridiculous situation and is being exploited time and time again. One of the most notorious examples – thanks to excellent work by local campaigners – is the disgraceful deterrent measures being used on ledges used by (Black-legged) Kittiwakes along the Tyne River in North Shields. Daniel Turner launched a petition on Change.org last year, calling for the removal of all bird-deterrent netting. He has been posting regular updates on the petition page, and has just posted this tenth update.

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