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Danger of habitat destruction

Reported via mobile in the Overgrown vegetation in Council parks and green spaces category by Carol Norton at 10:48, Tue 1 December 2020

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2412927.

B&NES, please, please don’t destroy valuable habitat on Kensington Meadows. While walking my dog this morning I spoke to a council official who was instructing a contractor about clearing the habitat alongside the houses at the left hand side of the Meadows. This mixed habitat of elder, bramble, ivy etc is full of sparrows and is an important wildlife site. Apparently residents (I don’t know how many) have complained that it’s ‘untidy’. I could understand cutting it back on their side, but it’s going to be cut to the ground on the Meadows side. This was referred to as coppicing which is more usually applied to regenerative woodland such as hazel. This area is full of sparrows, which are becoming rare and is also really important for pollinators. I don’t understand why residents complaints (I don’t know how many) trump the needs of wildlife. You have done so well with the tree planting and the ‘Let’s Get Buzzing’ initiative, but this unnecessary destruction is the opposite. Please please don’t do it.

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  • Thank you for reporting this issue, we will be clearing all obstructive vegetation during our next scheduled visit to the area. We will be managing this vegetation on a 3 year rotation.

    Read more about scheduled maintenance. http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/ services/ sport-leisure-and-parks/ parks-information-and-maintenance

    The report is now closed, further comments may not be monitored.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 12:54, Wed 23 December 2020

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