£1,384.00raised of £1,740.00 goal
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This direct action to remove anti-wildlife netting was taken by four people after the local Wildlife Trust, Powys County Council Ecologist (in line with government guidelines) and others asked that a stretch of the netting be removed. The landowner (a county councillor who also sits on the planning committee) refused.
Following a newspaper article, the netting was put up against guidelines and calls for removal unheeded. With its threat to wildlife (there are 70 birds now on the UK Red List for birds: bto.org/bocc) the group decided to remove it.
On 29th November 2021 they were found guilty of criminal damage with intent, and encouraging such. As expected, their not - guilty plea was rejected and they were fined a total of £1,741. They had carefully removed around 100m of anti-wildlife netting.
Despite legislation protecting wildlife and hedgerows and Wales’ recognition of the climate and ecological emergency; the Future Generation Act (Wales) 2015; and Environment (Wales) Act 2016, wildlife protection is still so limited in the courts.
While the four expect to pay the full amount themselves a friend suggested that others may want to help them and crowdfunding would make that possible.
This example of how our wildlife is not protected will be raised with the Welsh Assembly.
If you feel strongly about protecting our diminishing wildlife please support these people and help defend our countryside.
- Jenny Powell
- Campaign Owner
- David Williams
HedgeGate 4 updateUpdate posted by Jenny Powell at 07:23 pm
Dear All,You have been so generous in your donation to help the HedgeGate 4 regarding the fine for removal of wildlife deterrent netting. We are delighted and humbled to have received just under 80%. Thank you.Since issuing the GoGetFunding plan we have written to 4 departments in the Welsh Government.. . . . .