30 May 2000
Farm income slump threatens hedges

HARD-UP farmers cannot afford to maintain ancient hedgerows, claims the Countryside Agency.

The agency acknowledges that initiatives such as countryside stewardship help, but says more resources are needed to preserve these wildlife havens.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that Britains heron colonies are being hit by brittle-bone syndrome.

Experts fear waterways pollution is causing this calcium imbalance.

However, the ministry of agriculture has found no high level of pesticide in the dead birds.

  • Daily Express 30/05/2000 page 23