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Packham 'outraged' by Cambridge University bird netting

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Nets have been put on about 20 trees at a Cambridge University campus
Naturalist Chris Packham has slammed the University of Cambridge for putting "absolutely outrageous" anti-bird nets over a row of trees.Protective netting has appeared on more than 20 trees at the Whittle Laboratory on JJ Thomson Avenue in the city. A university spokesman said the nets were added "to discourage birds from nesting" during building work.On Thursday night climate activists from Extinction Rebellion cut down and removed a number of the nets.Responding to images posted on social media, Packham posted on Twitter: "Seriously
"This is absolutely outrageous".
'Nets mean trouble'
The use of netting on trees, bushes and hedgerows to prevent nesting birds is not illegal - but has long come under fire from conservation groups.Packham told the BBC: "At a time when many of our bird populations are in free fall and the majority of people are trying to conserve them, these nets are totemic symbols of the destruction or disturbance of their habitat."
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If not fitted properly, he said they were "shown to be lethal". "From my point of view... nets mean trouble, so if you put them up you can expect it to follow."
Naturalist Chris Packham lashed out at the university when he saw photos of the netting
The university said the affected trees, near the Whittle Laboratory, "will be checked for wildlife three times a day."The spokesman did not confirm whether the trees would be cut down.
The university said the nets were to discourage birds nesting during building work
Martin Fowlie, of the RSPB, which is calling for new safeguards, said the decision to cover the branches is "morally dubious"."In the middle of a climate and wildlife emergency, we cannot continue to squeeze nature into small spaces," he said. "Depending on the size of the mesh, it is difficult to exclude birds, they'll get through the gaps looking for food."
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The university has recently been targeted by climate activists who have staged a series of blockades and action in the city. Members of Extinction Rebellion reacted to the bird nets by describing the university as "an enemy of nature" and removing some of the netting overnight.
On Thursday night members of Extinction Rebellion cut some of the netting from trees
"We've freed some of the @Cambridge_Uni trees from their nets," the group tweeted."Habitat destruction is the number one reason for British bird collapse. This practice must end."
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