Wednesday, 8 January 2014

"Mineral extraction and quarrying can create a bird hazard..."

"...because, although these processes do not in themselves attract birds, the sites are commonly used for landfill or the creation of wetland" warns the Town & Country Planning (Safeguarded Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas) Direction 2002.

And create a wetland is exactly what Aggregate Industries says it will do at Straitgate Farm:
The provision of water storage along the [eastern] boundaries of the site, to mitigate flooding and maintain groundwater flow, also offers the opportunity to create a priority wetland habitat and therefore enhance the ecology of the area.
Should Exeter Airport or its passengers be at all concerned about a quarry directly under its landing path and the risk of bird strikes? Here are a few tweets which might give an answer: