6:00am Friday 7th March 2014 in Cornwall
Concerns have been raised that plans to protect three rare birds which spend the winter in Falmouth, could prove a “nail in the coffin” for the port's future development.
Assurances have been made by Natural England, though, that the proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA) in Falmouth Bay, should not impact on plans to dredge a deep water channel into the docks.
The pSPA is currently being consulted upon with people having until April 14 to have their say on the plans. The area, which would stretch from Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay, provides a winter home for the rare and endangered great northern diver, black-throated diver and Slavonian grebe.
Falmouth Town Council was given a presentation by two representatives from Natural England on Monday night, who said they have been working closely with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners over the proposals.