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 19 May 2019

Probe into whether Llandudno Premier Inn could be delayed by nesting seagulls

Concerns raised about seagulls apparently nesting on steel beams on former Tudno castle site
05:00, 10 MAY 2019
Developers of a £10m hotel in Llandudno are looking into whether nesting seagulls may delay the project.
Local residents photographed what they believe to be birds nesting on the steel structure of the building, which is set to be a Premier Inn.
Under UK law it is a criminal offence to damage, destroy or remove nests while they are being used or built.
Opus Land, which is leading the redevelopment of the Tudno Castle site, said it was investigating whether seagulls are nesting on the structure.
A spokesman said: "We fully appreciate our legal obligations not to disturb nesting birds and we will follow expert advice and relevant procedures should the photographic evidence show that birds are indeed nesting on site."
Construction companies, developers and demolition companies must follow legislation or risk significant fines, long and costly delays, or even a prison sentence.
The RSPB said a government licence can be granted to allow the killing of nesting birds in cases where a significant risk to public health or safety has been identified, but only as a last resort.

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