Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have mysteriously given the go-ahead for protected species such as robins, starlings, blackbirds and bullfinches to be shot.
I say mysteriously, because the reasons given are very strange.
When asked why these licences have been granted, Natural England simply claim the birds are a “threat to public health and air safety” and the slaughter is to “prevent serious damage to livestock”.
It’s somewhat hard to imagine how starlings and robins could ever be a danger to the public or herds of cows.
Of course, the fact that these protected nesting birds are one of the biggest problems facing property developers* when they attempt to develop brownfield sites for residential housing is nothing at all to do with the decision.
As, I’m sure, is the fact that the Chair of Natural England, Andrew Sells, also happens to be one of the founders of Linden Homes, a property development business specialising…
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