Saturday, 23 May 2015

Changes to EU nature laws could be 'catastrophic' for Salisbury Plain

First published Friday 15 May 2015 in Newsby Alex Rennie, Reporter

THE RSPB have described the potential weakening of EU nature laws as the “biggest disaster for wildlife in our lifetime” which could have serious implications on the Salisbury Plain.

The directives that have protected the region's wildlife since the 1970s are under threat according to the society and they have backed a European wide campaign to save them.

They have listed Salisbury Plain as one of the places at risk and say unpicking these laws would be "catastrophic" for wildlife.

Tony Whitehead from the RSPB in the West Country said: "The nature directives are the bedrock of nature conservation in the West Country; providing the highest level of protection that any habitats or species currently have – and they work.

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