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, 5 March 2020

UPDATE: Cambridge takes down anti-bird netting from trees after Chris Packham condemns practice

University says sorry for upset caused and adds that it has begun 'immediate' work to remove huge nets

ByHelena Horton2 March 2020 • 1:23pm

Cambridge University has removed anti-bird netting from trees and said sorry for issued an apology, with the move coming after the netting was condemned by broadcaster Chris Packham.

The netting was placed over around 20 trees on the Cambridge West Site, prompting anger from naturalists.

Organisations frequently net trees during nesting season in order not to break the law by disturbing wild birds during construction work.

However, nature campaigners argue that discouraging birds from nesting and effectively removing their habitat is wrong at a time when many native species are in decline. Netting is also prone to developing rips in which birds can get trapped, starving to death.

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