Anti-bird netting defended by council


Controversial anti-bird netting recently installed on Anglesey has been defended by the county council. The plastic nets have been erected at the site of a new multi-million-pound school in Llangefni, with construction yet to begin, and concerns have been raised that birds could become trapped in them in the coming weeks. The installation of the nets comes only a month after Anglesey was awarded 'plastic-free' community status by conservation group Surfers Against Sewage.

The netting has been erected at the site of a new school (Arwyn Roberts).

The status was welcomed by Isle of Anglesey County Council, who have said that, while it backs efforts to make the island plastic-free, it "will not happen overnight".

A spokesperson for the RSPB said: "We cannot keep trying to squeeze nature into smaller and smaller spaces or demand that wildlife fits in with our plans. We have all seen the problems netting can cause by trapping birds or denying them nesting sites.

"Netting must be used sparingly and only if there is absolutely no alternative, and with regular monitoring to ensure that our wildlife is not getting trapped, injured or worse. Trees and hedgerows are also vital in supporting the wildlife, so if absolutely necessary for work, their removal should be completed outside of nesting season.

"We are also joining calls to ask governments to review the current law governing this area and think creatively about what could be done to solve a problem that is upsetting so many people and pushing nature away from our lives."

A council spokesperson commented: "Our contractor has handled this matter as sensitively as possible. This netting was erected before the nesting season to prevent birds from nesting there. This will ensure that no birds are displaced should the hedge be removed. We are a council that aspires to see our island become plastic free. We are working on several fronts to achieve this, but this will not happen overnight."