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25th Jan, 2022

Nesting concerns at St Mary's Lands may mean flyers get their wings clipped

Laura Kearns 14th Nov, 2020

HOURS of model aeroplane flying on St Mary’s Lands could be set to change to protect bird nesting sites.

Warwick District Council’s executive is set to discuss proposals to change the hours of model aeroplane flying. It follows a consultation with the St Mary’s Lands Working Party and an assessment by an independent ecologist.

The changes are part of a package of potential measures being considered to protect bird nesting sites during the breeding season.

The council is also seeking approval to consult over the installation of temporary barriers during the nesting season to prevent ground nesting birds being trampled and disturbed.

It forms part of the masterplan for St Mary’s Lands to protect and enhance the site’s value to native wildlife.

This year has also seen the successful introduction of a wild flower area to provide a crop suitable for bird feeding and the creation of four wetland areas.

District council neighbourhood services spokeswoman, Coun Moira-Ann Grainger said: “Our parks and open spaces have never been a more important for our health and wellbeing.

“Over the past few years and in particular during the pandemic, we have been very pleased to see an increasing number of local people enjoying this unique and versatile open space, be it for dog walking, running, golf, football, model aircraft flying or wildlife watching.

“The proposals to protect bird nesting sites during the breeding season are a key part of balancing our commitment to encouraging nature and biodiversity whilst continuing to improve public access.”

And Lizzy Bradbury from a Warwick wildlife group added:“As local birders and wildlife enthusiasts, we are delighted Warwick District Council is looking to continue protecting declining ground-nesting birds on St Mary’s Lands.

“There needs to be a balance between public access and protecting wildlife, so it is reassuring to see the local council addressing this.”

The proposed changes will not affect any footpaths or public rights of way.

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