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Government incompetenceputs wetlands at risk

19 March 1999
Government incompetence
puts wetlands at risk

GOVERNMENT red tape is putting the countrys most important water meadows in peril, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds …more…



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Government incompetenceputs wetlands at risk

19 March 1999
Government incompetence
puts wetlands at risk

GOVERNMENT red tape is putting the countrys most important water meadows in peril, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

A lack of co-ordination between government departments and agencies is leaving many of wetlands too dry for birds and wild animals, said Graham Wynne, RSPB chief executive.

Mr Wynne told a London conference that wetlands are vital in controlling floods, providing grazing and playing host to a wide variety of wild plants and animals.

The RSPB believes farmers preference for dry ground has left land too hard for wading birds like the snipe to feed their young.

Mr Wynne said landowners were given grants to raise water levels in Somerset but the job was not being done properly.

  • The Independent 19/03/02/99 page 9
  • The Daily Telegraph 19/03/99 page 15
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