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.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Public opinion forces UK government to hold enquiry over Nightingale site development

One of England's best Nightingale sites is under threat

The Government has heeded pleas from more than 12,400 people concerned about the future of England’s finest Nightingale site - Lodge Hill in Kent.

It has called in for a public inquiry on an application to build 5,000 homes on Lodge Hill, a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Kent.

Martin Harper, Conservation Director of the RSPB, which led a campaign in support of the site, says: “There has been public outrage and condemnation that a site of national importance for wildlife has been considered for development without public scrutiny.

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to these concerns, and has reached the only logical conclusion.”

Call in means that this case will be examined at the highest level where the full merits and values of the site and associated issues can be aired.

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