Parliamentary debate on protecting nesting sites for birds as more than 2,000 Wirral residents sign petition
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15 May 2019
A debate on protecting nesting sites for birds has taken
place in Parliament after a petition on the issue received more than 350,000
At the time of writing, 2,057
Wirral residents had signed the petition called “Make 'netting' hedgerows to
prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence”.
Petition organisers argue that
developers are circumventing laws protecting birds by 'netting' hedgerows to
prevent birds from nesting. They say that this facilitates the uprooting of
hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites
for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline.
Organisers also state that
'netting' hedgerows presents a danger by entrapment to wildlife and produces
large amounts of plastic waste.
The parliamentary debate was
attended by Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood. Ms Greenwood, who is Shadow
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, was unable to speak in the debate due
to parliamentary rules that prevent shadow ministers from speaking on issues
outside their policy area.
Speaking after the debate, Margaret
“So far 552 Wirral West residents
have signed the petition: it is clear that this is an issue of real importance
to people in Wirral.
“Although I was disappointed not to
be able to speak in the debate, I was pleased to be able to attend and listen
to the points put forward by other MPs.
“Parliament recently declared a
climate and environmental emergency. Protecting wildlife has a key part to play
in our response to that.
“Netting around bird nesting sites
contributes to habitat loss. We know that birds and butterfly species are
declining at an alarming rate so it is important we take action as a matter of
“We all need to do our bit to put
pressure on developers and others to ensure that the cruel and inhumane practice
of netting precious bird nesting sites comes to an end.
“I have written to the Minister
about the importance of protecting nesting sites and look forward to sharing
his response with Wirral West residents. Any constituents with an interest in
this issue may contact my office to request a copy.”
You can still sign the petition by
visiting the link below and following the instructions: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244233
Anyone can set up a petition about
an issue they care about by visiting https://petition.parliament.uk/ and selecting the ‘Start a petition’ option. If any petition gets 10,000
signatures, the government will issue a response to it. If a petition gets
100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.