140,000 birds need to be relocated under airport plans, says new report

Plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary could mean relocating around 140,000 birds at a cost of millions of pounds, according to a new report.

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Bird relocation plan could cost millions

The debate is continuing over plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary. Today a new report says the cost and effort required to move waterbirds that use the estuary would run into millions of pounds. But airport supporters say it's got to be done.

David Johns reports, speaking to Labour Councillor Vince Maple from Medway Council, Paul Outhwaite from the RSPB, and Daniel Moylan, the Mayor of London's Aviation Adviser.

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Airport on Isle of Grain would 'decimate' area for birds

"This report clearly shows the high risks, uncertainty and costs of putting an airport into an area which is one of the most important for waterbirds in the UK. It would decimate these important environmental areas with any mitigation or compensation measures requiring vast areas of land to be made available at enormous cost.

This is another showstopper report demonstrating why this absurd scheme should never be allowed to go ahead."

– Rehman Chishti MP, MP for Gillingham and Rainham
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