A plan for mandatory bird nests in buildings is being debated by the parliament
The campaign has collected more than 100.000 signatures, the threshold required for a mandatory debate among MPs, reports on Holy Wednesday the with the BBC.
The turnout shows that citizens care about their "wild neighbors," said Hannah Bourne-Taylor, an activist who took to the streets of Londondressed as a bird, an effort to raise public awareness of dwindling black-ash populations.
The campaign calls for making it mandatory to use hollow bricks in which four species of birds can nest:
- the black ash (Apus apus, a species also common in Greece. It looks like a swallow but belongs to a different family of birds).
- the white swallow (Delichon urbicum, also found in Greece)
- the house sparrow (Passer domesticus, found in almost all of Europe and part of Asia)
- and the starling (Sturnus vulgaris, also found in Greece).
The proposal is, however, likely to be rejected by the government, which responded in December that it welcomes "actions by builders to use black ash bricks, but considers that the matter is up to local authorities, depending on the specific circumstances in each position".
Πρόσθεσε πως οι κατευθυντήριες γραμμές της πολεοδομίας κάνουν ειδική αναφορά στα τούβλα για φώλιασμα, ωστόσο η χρήση τους δεν ενδείκνυται σε περιοχές με πυκνή δόμηση και περιορισμένη επάφή με το φυσικό περιβάλλον.
According to Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, populations of many species have declined by more than 50% in 50 years, a decline largely attributed to a lack of nesting sites.