- 2016-08-16 18:51:00
Helpston resident Andy Nutt 'takes issue' with the article in the May/June edition of the Tribune about the forestry work in Royce Wood.
Dear Editor, the writer of the article seems to support this work, but I would like to put my point of view (and the view of many others): Who in their right mind would use such heavy and destructive machinery at this time of year in any wood? Birds nests and rare orchids have been destroyed and deep ruts created.
If flailing hedges is illegal from 1st April in order to protect nesting birds etc, why can this far more destructive work be carried out at this time of year? I do agree that the woods need thinning, but autumn, not spring would have been a far better time as the ground is at its hardest and far less damage would be done to the flora and fauna. Most birds have finished nesting by then and bulbs are dormant and the ground less rutted.
I noticed that the article mentioned none of these points which, considering the author is a conservation trust member, amazes me.
As this forestry thinning is likely to be carried out again in about 4 years time, can we please ask Milton Estates to be more conservation minded and avoid so much destruction by carrying out the work in (say) September/ October time rather than spring? As custodians of the land, you would think Milton Estates would carry out forestry operations in a more sympathetic way to wildlife.
I would like to hear what other Tribune readers think of the forestry operations being carried out at this time of year.