Monday, 9 February 2015

Leighton Moss nature reserve: RSPB locks horns with deer lovers over cull

Bird charity blames the animals for damage at Site of Special Scientific Interest

Friday 06 February 2015

The two sides have squared up like a pair of rutting stags. In one corner is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which runs Leighton Moss nature reserve in Lancashire, where it wants to shoot some of the local red deer. In the other, local nature campaigners vehemently opposed to the idea of a “horrible” cull.

Leighton Moss is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and home to between 60 and 90 deer, which also roam into the surrounding Silverdale area.

The reserve boasts the largest reed bed in the North-West of England, which attracts breeding bitterns, bearded tits, marsh harriers and otters, and has featured in the BBC’s flagship nature programme Autumnwatch.

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