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Wildlife fears over works in Lambourn Woodlands

HOMEOWNERS are up in arms over reportedly unauthorised groundworks in woodland.

Diggers have been operating off Ermin Street in Lambourn Woodlands amid fears that nesting birds are being disturbed.

The woodland works
The woodland works

One resident, Richard Chambers, said the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) charity had advised those concerned to contact the police.

He added: “I was advised to make a complaint as the works should have been stopped, even though it was on private property.”

Mr Chambers went on: “I was due a visit from the [police] wildlife officer following our complaint, but he didn’t show and hasn’t made contact since his call.

“There’s been low loaders and diggers tearing up hedges and removing limbs from oak trees.

“Surely this shouldn’t be allowed during nesting season?”

The RSPB states: “Running between February and August...nesting season adds a weighty level of compliance for those whose livelihood interacts with the natural world – arborists, housing developers and the likes.

“Extreme circumstances sometimes dictate that there is no other option but to disrupt a wild bird during nesting season.

“In instances of threats to public health and safety, or air safety, for example, the impact of sticking to those guidelines must be weighed up and, where deemed necessary, a license will be granted.”

A search of West Berkshire Council’s planning portal does not show any application for planning permission for development of the site.

A spokeswoman for West Berkshire Council said in a statement: “The council is aware of the reports but currently have not identified any breaches.

“However, we will continue to monitor the site and will investigate if further activity takes place and take appropriate action if needed.”

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