Netting blocks sand martins from nesting in Norfolk cliffs

The RSPB has criticised a Norfolk council for erecting 1.3km of netting across Bacton cliff face, preventing birds from nesting while a sandscaping project takes place.

The scheme involves 1.8 million cubic metres of sand being placed on beaches to provide an extra seven-metre buffer, preventing  Bacton cliff eroding into the sea. The project is intended to provide “robust protection to Bacton Gas Terminal and the villages of Bacton and Walcott” for the next 20 years, a North Norfolk District council spokesman said yesterday.

The sandscaping project has taken five years to move through the planning process and has been subject to a full environmental impact assessment and marine licence application, the spokesman added.

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