Planners and developers urged to keep trees to avoid anti-bird netting

Planners and developers should give more consideration to whether trees and hedgerows can be retained in new schemes in order to prevent the use of netting that aims to stop birds nesting, the RSPB has said.

The RSPB and professional membership body the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) have issued a statement calling for netting to be installed only in "exceptional circumstances".

The RPSB claims that each year around 2,000 reports are made to it about wild birds trapped in netting.

This year reports on social media have identified Taylor Wimpey, William Davis Homes and Sladen Estates as some of the developers employing the use of netting to prevent birds nesting on sites.

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