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Countryside set to be hit by cuts

CUTS at national level could have a huge impact on the local countryside and wildlife, a charity has warned.

CUTS at national level could have a huge impact on the local countryside and wildlife, a charity has warned.

Earlier this week, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) were spreading the word in Solihull’s villages.

They’re sending a message to Meriden MP, and Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman - don’t make saving at the expense of the countryside.

RSPB spokesman Andy Waters said: “We’re sympathetic and know that cuts have to be made, but we’re asking Mrs Spelman to think carefully.

“Whatever decisions are made nationally will have a knock-on effect for people who live in this area.”

In Meriden there are concerns about the River Blythe - which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

But pollution and the arrival of none-native species has already caused problems and the situation could deteriorate if budget cuts are made.

“The fact is, that if the services aren’t there to support farmers and improve the situation for wildlife, there’s going to be an impact,” said Andy.

On Monday and Tuesday, campaigners were out on the streets of Dorridge, Marston Green, Castle Bromwich and Hampton-in-Arden.

The team said they had received a good response from everyone they spoke to.

Mrs Spelman said that she fully understood the RSPB’s concerns, which come at a time when savings are still to be announced.

“I can reassure them that this government’s commitment to our countryside, our ecosystems and our biodiversity is rock solid,” she said.

To find out more or to sign the RSPB’s Letter to the Future petition, go to www.rspb.org.uk/lettertothefuture.

 

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