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We cannot evict birds with netting, say MPs


The practice of putting nets over trees and hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting should stop or at least be regulated, MPs have said.

Labour MP Diana Johnson said “netting” puts “fragile life systems at risk” and “we must look very seriously at ending the practice.”

Tory Bill Grant added: “We cannot evict the birds, we have to embrace them.”

MPs are debating a petition, signed by 350,000 people, that called for “netting” to become a criminal offence.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says developers do it to make it easier for them to remove greenery when the time comes, because although it is an offence to destroy an active nest, there are no laws to prevent the installation of nets to stop birds nesting in the first place. MORE

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