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, 26 April 2015

RSPB lays down strict rules to protect ospreys at T in the Park

Arts Correspondent
Saturday 25 April 2015

A wildlife charity has said it will oppose T in the Park's controversial new home at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire this July unless strict rules to care for protected birds are put in place.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) does not want nesting ospreys close to the proposed site to be disturbed.

RSPB Scotland is urging Perth and Kinross Council not to grant planning permission for the event without safeguards being secured.

It has also expressed disappointment that the issue has not been resolved "at this very late stage".

On the final day of consultation before a decision is made next month, the RSPB called for a series of measures to be put in place, including restrictions on the use of fireworks and lighting, and permanent 'no go' buffer zones around an active osprey nest.

These zones would measure 500m until after mid-June - this covers the period when the birds are likely to lay eggs, incubate them, and raise small chicks.

It is also asking for an 'ornithological clerk of works', a specialist qualified and experienced bird expert, to be appointed who will be able to overrule others on site to stop any activities that may cause disturbance.

Some T in the Park infrastructure, like the Slam Tent, big wheel and funfair should also be moved 500m away from the osprey nest.

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