By Hedi MehrezReporter
THERE are growing fears for the safety of Swindon’s birds after reports of trees being chopped down during nesting season.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recommends that any tree or hedge cutting or site clearance takes place outside the period, which runs from February to August.
But people living in the town say this advice is being ignored.
Freshbrook resident Adonis Sola, 55, said: “I’ve seen a lot of contractors cutting down trees in the area but why now?
“That’s cruelty to birds if they do it without even checking. Nature is wonderful, the birds are trying to build shelters and it is a lot of effort to build that nest.
“And then if you are the human being, and just cut down the trees, it’s just unacceptable. It’s like destroying a house.”
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, nests and eggs are protected by law.
A number of streets have seen vegetation disappear in recent months, including Freshbrook Way, the playpark near Shaw Ridge School, the path and park near Oliver Tomkins Primary School and an area close to Sudeley Way.
A West Swindon resident who did not want to be named said on Facebook that she had seen contractors cutting trees down, despite birds nesting in them.