The observe of placing nets over timber and hedgerows to stop birds from nesting ought to cease or at the least be regulated, MPs have mentioned.
Labour MP Diana Johnson mentioned “netting” places “fragile life systems at risk” and “we must look very seriously at ending the practice.”
Tory Invoice Grant added: “We cannot evict the birds, we have to embrace them.”
MPs are debating a petition, signed by 350,000 folks, that referred to as for “netting” to grow to be a prison offence.
The Royal Society for the Safety of Birds (RSPB) says builders do it to make it simpler for them to take away greenery when the time comes, as a result of though it’s an offence to destroy an lively nest, there aren’t any legal guidelines to stop the set up of nets to cease birds nesting within the first place.
‘Treasure our wildlife’
The petition, began by Margaret Moran, says netting “facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline”.
It “threatens declining species of birds, presents a danger by entrapment to wildlife, and produces large amounts of plastic waste”, the petition provides.
SNP MP John McNally instructed the Parliamentary Petitions Committee that netting ought to cease, or on the very least be topic to regulation.
“Even with some safeguards in place, my feeling is that this practice is in no way acceptable,” he mentioned.
“If we treasure our precious wildlife then netting simply has to stop.”
Mr Grant mentioned it was “disappointing to learn of the practice” that’s utilized by builders throughout constructing work.
He mentioned he understood some builders have banned the observe and he hoped others would comply with swimsuit.
“Birds and wildlife are part of our ecosystem and part of our planet,” he mentioned.
Labour’s Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, mentioned netting was “being used more and more as a safeguard” and builders have been “far too relaxed” in utilizing the process.
She mentioned there gave the impression to be “little regulation”.
Conservative Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, agreed the federal government “needs to regulate” to stop the observe spreading additional.
The RSPB has mentioned “careful consideration” will probably be wanted to develop guidelines round netting “that really help birds, and allow legitimate activity to continue”.
Whereas it is likely to be authorized, the organisation mentioned, “we cannot stand by and let the current practices spread unchallenged.”
Responding to the petition, the federal government mentioned “builders should fulfil their obligation to safeguard native wildlife and habitats.
“Netting timber and hedgerows is barely applicable the place genuinely wanted to guard birds from hurt throughout improvement.”