Green groups call 'fowl' on port growth

GRACEFUL and amazing scenes of thousands of wildfowl taking off from rivers could be lost to make way for huge steel cranes, bright lights and concrete quays. Campaigners today expressed fears of the massive impact new port expansion projects could have – including Felixstowe’s multi-million pound scheme.

By Richard Cornwell

GRACEFUL and amazing scenes of thousands of wildfowl taking off from rivers could be lost to make way for huge steel cranes, bright lights and concrete quays.

Campaigners today expressed fears of the massive impact new port expansion projects could have - including Felixstowe's multi-million pound scheme - and called for them all to be put on hold.

Green lobby groups say the need for masses of concrete quays, which will destroy wildlife habitats and have a huge impact on communities' quality of life, has not been proved.

They want prime minister Tony Blair and his government to draw up a comprehensive strategy for port development before it is too late and estuaries and coastal areas are ruined forever.

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