The Wildlife Trust is fighting plans for a new Cambridge University boathouse on the river at Ely in Cambridgeshire.
It says the site is is part of a corridor between the breeding and the feeding grounds of the bitterns, marsh harriers and other birds and is used by otters and water voles.
– Martin Baker, Wildlife Trust Conservation Manager
“The new Cambridge University boathouse could hardly have been proposed in a more sensitive location for wildlife along the Ely stretch of the River Great Ouse. We advised the University boat club last year that it was the wrong location for their new development, but unfortunately they have ignored us as well as other local opinion, and seem intent on putting the interests of one boat race a year ahead of valuing the local environment.”