Tuesday, 22 May 2012

RSPB purchase of “already-protected” land criticised

BIRD protection charity RSPB Scotland is facing criticism it wasted more than £300,000 of public money creating a nature preserve on as site which is already protected.
The charity bought land on the Wards Estate on the banks of Loch Lomond at a total cost of £1.1 million.
It plans to increase the populations of endangered birds such as snipe, curlews, redshanks and lapwigs.
The land is heavily protected under European laws, and falls within the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve.
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) also says snares will have to be used to prevent foxes preying on the rare birds.
One rural property agent, who wished to remain anonymous, said questions had been asked about the decision to use public money to
help buy the land.
The property agent said: “This land is fully designated and has full legal protection. It is a criminal offence to damage it.”

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