Call for killing of birds deemed health hazard splits conservationists

Some of Britain’s most familiar species, such as the robin and starling, could end up in the firing line under new measures to allow destruction of nests and eggs if they present a danger

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The robin, one of the species Natural England thinks might present a hazard.

The humble robin, regularly voted the nation’s favourite garden bird, captures hearts and minds like few other species. Since the Victorian era it has been venerated on the front of Christmas cards and in prose and poetry. “A robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage,” William Blake decreed.

A consultation by Natural England, the body that advises the government on the natural environment, has made the case for allowing people to destroy the birds‘ nests and remove their eggs, amid growing concerns that they threaten health and safety.

Will Grouse predating raptors be next on the hit list, possibly if powerful estate owners get their way, but in the meantime these species are still being destroyed with impunity  no moorland where Red Grouse are shot.

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