Ben Webster, Environment Editor
March 21 2019, 12:01am, The Times
Wildlife campaigners have ripped down nets covering trees and hedges in a backlash against a practice being used by developers to prevent birds nesting.
More than 24,000 people in the past two days have signed a petition on the parliament website calling for netting hedges to be made a criminal offence. The petition organisers say that the practice “threatens declining species of birds, presents a danger by entrapment to wildlife and produces large amounts of plastic waste”.
Developers sometimes cover trees and hedges to ensure that nesting birds do not delay their building plans.