Brokenshire threatens developers with ‘action’ over inappropriate bird netting

Developers could face action if they do not follow their legal obligations to consider the impact of their projects on birds, housing secretary James Brokenshire has warned.

Following a public outcry over netting being placed in trees and hedgerows to stop birds nesting ahead of building work – a petition has garnered more than 250,000 signatures to date calling for the practice to be made illegal -- Brokenshire wrote to developers reminding them that birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

It is not illegal for developers to use netting but if it is not installed correctly and regularly monitored then birds could become trapped and injured or killed, which would contravene the law.

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