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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Rare birds spotted at Sanctuary reserve

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: June 16, 2014


WILDLIFE experts say an array of birds which visited a Derby nature reserve this spring – including the first sighting of a common redstart – show why a failed plan to build on part of it shouldn't have gone ahead.

Derby City Council had planned to create a cycle track and mountain bike skills area on part of the Sanctuary nature reserve on Pride Park.

Once the city's planning committee had narrowly given the track permission, work began immediately.

But Derbyshire Wildlife Trust successfully applied for an injunction to stop it and was on track in an application to get a judicial review of the planning decision.

Then, any hearing became unnecessary, after the council pulled the plug on the scheme in March.

The authority said this was because, while the injunction halted progress, work required before the bird nesting season could no longer take place.

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