Time and time again we see that local wildlife protections just aren’t regarded very highly through the planning process. This is one of the reasons why we at the Wildlife Trusts are very keen for existing EU-level wildlife protections to be maintained over the coming months and years.
However a local incident has really brought these problems into focus. Last week we were alerted to the unlicensed felling of trees in Big Willow Wood, near Nursling, by the private landowner. The activity is potentially aimed at clearing the land in preparation for a future planning application