Fly tippers spoil bird sites

AN RSPB nature reserve is the latest site to be struck by fly tippers, meaning the charity will have to fork out to have the rubbish cleared.As the Evening Star battles to Dump the Dumpers, a heap of tyres and building rubble has been dumped in the Wolves Wood nature reserve near Hadleigh.

AN RSPB nature reserve is the latest site to be struck by fly tippers, meaning the charity will have to fork out to have the rubbish cleared.

As the Evening Star battles to Dump the Dumpers, a heap of tyres and building rubble has been dumped in the Wolves Wood nature reserve near Hadleigh.

This Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve is designated a site of special scientific interest because of its flora and is also home to nightingales, woodpeckers, hawfinches and the marsh tit.

Rick Vonk, RSPB site manager for the Stour Estuary and Wolves Wood, said fly tipping in Wolves Wood tends to happen a few times a year.


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He added: "It is a nuisance and it costs us money to clear it.

"It is not going to threaten the birds, but it is a real hassle. We don't have money in our budget to pay for this removal.

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"We will have to get rid of it and pay for it to be disposed of, but we have no money in the budget for it.

"If it costs us hundreds of pounds to clear, it will curtail our work.

"Other than putting a gate on and shutting the reserve car park every night, there is not really much we can do and we don't want to stop people parking."

Fly tipping hotspot Old Norwich Road has also been on the receiving end of yet more dumping.

Farmer Tom Walne was outraged when last weekend he found a dumped car near the field where he keeps his Suffolk mares.

The car has now been cleared by Mid Suffolk District Council.

But the dumping came just days after the district council had to clear pieces of a Reliant Robin and heaps of asbestos piping and guttering from the road.

Mr Walne, 70, who lives in Ipswich and runs Walnut Tree Farm in Old Norwich Road, is outraged.

He said: "Where we had the Reliant Robin, we then had the dumped car.

"I feel a bit sick. You get one lot of stuff cleared up and then you get another one."

Tim Swain, streetcare manager of Mid Suffolk District Council, said they receive 500 reports of dumped cars every year – and that they have to clear around half.

He said: "I would love someone to come and deal with the stuff we have to deal with.

"It is that sort of society we live in – until people take responsibility for themselves, the local taxpayers will have to pay.

"It only costs £25 to get the vehicle removed. It is no hassle and it is from your driveway."

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