Rebecca Durant says a Norfolk council’s bid to prevent breeding is reckless. Gregory Quiery argues that human activity is responsible for the decline in bird species
Your article (RSPB urges council to remove nets on cliff nests, 10 April) demonstrates the council’s inability to see the bigger picture. North Norfolk district council is in breach of several environmental laws, including the National Park and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (Crow).
Under the Crow Act, the relevant local authority must make sure that all decisions have regard for the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Norfolk coastline is a designated area. The sand martins have flown more than 5,000 miles from Africa to return to Bacton, where they roost, nest and feed every year.
Source: The Guardian
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