Netting of hedgerows to prevent birds nesting must be stopped, says David Drew MP
The practice of putting nets over hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting must be halted says David Drew, MP for Stroud.
More than 1,500 Stroud people have also signed a petition calling for more protection for nesting birds.
The petition has gained 350,000 signatures across the UK, and calls for legislation to protect nesting birds and for parliament to take action.
Stroud is the UK constituency with the second highest number of people backing the petition.
On Monday, MPs debated the need for legislation to protect nesting birds, following increasing numbers of reports of developers using nets to prevent birds nesting in or near sites they hope to be able to develop. The debate was led by Labour MP Mike Hill.
“It came as no surprise to see that Stroud people are so outraged by this practice. More than 1,500 people in the constituency have signed this petition. Like me they care deeply about their environment and our wildlife,” said David.
“Hedgerows are an essential habitat and birdsong is one of the joys of the countryside. Developers are trying to evade restrictions by putting nets on hedgerows.”
In their debate on Monday, MPs agreed that the practice of putting nets over trees and hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting should stop or at least be subject to tighter regulation.
“I am pleased that this issue is now being recognised,” said David, who added that he regretted that he was unable to attend the debate because of long-standing diary commitments.