7 of the year's most remarkable examples of wildlife destruction

From chopping down ancient woodland without an EIA to the destruction of bat roosts, nature has fallen victim to a number of developers’ and landowners’ actions this year. ENDS looks back at some of the most remarkable incidents.

1 Developer fined £300,000 for felling protected trees

A developer has been fined £300,000 for felling a wood covered by a tree preservation order, including a 90-foot tall giant redwood believed to be 176 years old. 

Property tycoon Fiorenzo Sauro was found guilty, earlier this week in Swansea Magistrates’ Court, for ordering the destruction of 72 protected trees near Swansea and fined £180,000. His company, Enzo Homes, was also fined £120,000 for contravening a tree preservation order under S210 (1)(A) and (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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