Wildlife char­ity: Plans could kill rare birds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - LYDD AIRPORT EXPANSION PLAN -

KENT Wildlife Trust is strongly op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of Lydd Air­port. Richard Moyse, the char­ity’s head of con­ser­va­tion and pol­icy, said: “Much of the unique area of Dun­geness and Rye Bay is recog­nised as be­ing of in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance and is pro­tected un­der Euro­pean law. “Any in­crease in the scale of avi­a­tion traf­fic would mas­sively in­crease air pol­lu­tion and have a ma­jor neg­a­tive im­pact on the area’s unique com­mu­ni­ties of wild plants and lichens.” Mr Moyse said the plans for a new ter­mi­nal build­ing and run­way ex­ten­sion would in­crease the threat to im­por­tant bird species. He added: “The im­por­tance of Dun­geness for breed­ing, pas­sage and win­ter­ing birds must not be un­der­es­ti­mated. “This de­vel­op­ment would in­crease the risk of killing rare and threat­ened bird species through air strikes. “There ap­pears to be no way Lydd Air­port can ex­pand with­out caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant and last­ing dam­age to the wild habi­tats and species here.”

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