Goodbye Newcastle's Kittiwakes?

As many people will know from Springwatch, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007yfpf Newcastle-upon-Tyne has the furthest inland nesting site for kittiwake in the world. Now Newcastle City Council have a planning application to put up netting, angled sills and an Avishock (a device that gives birds and electric shock) to prevent them from nesting.

https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NXK4MVBSM8N00


What are they thinking?

  • Thanks for posting. I would be very surprised if the council granted permission for this. Councils can be full of surprises though.

  • I thought it was against the law to disturb nesting sites, sounds like the council needs reminding.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    This has been on what passes for the local news channel in our bit of N.Yorks. If I remember correctly the birds nested of the nearby flour mill  but either moved or were persuaded to move away from there when the flour mill became the art gallery.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    There has been a blog put up about this today. It's entitled "Threat To Tyne Kittiwakes." The RSPB are objecting to the application.

    Kind regards

    Jenny

  • In reply to nairnred:

    I thought they were encouraged to move from the Tate North to a place of safety,to me they were more interesting than some of the exhibits in the art gallery.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can