As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 9 February 2014

Quango 'cares more about birds than people': Environment Agency under fire for not dredging rivers in Somerset and then spending £20m on bird sanctuaries

EA attacked over plan not to conduct draining in the Somerset Levels
Studies showed dredging two main rivers could have reduced flooding
Government blamed for removing flood protection from priorities list

PUBLISHED: 23:38, 2 February 2014 | UPDATED: 00:31, 3 February 2014

Environmental quangos have been accused of being more concerned about animal habitats than the dangers of flooding after a failure to dredge rivers.

The Environment Agency has come under fire over its controversial plan not to conduct draining in the flood-prone Somerset Levels, on the advice of Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

It emerged yesterday that the agency had carried out studies which showed dredging the Levels’ two main rivers could have significantly reduced flooding.

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