A Wilder Bude?

Reader submitted post:

The Wildlife Trust has recently set up a campaign to protect wildlife from development. Starring friends from Wind in the Willows, it shows the realistic effect that development has on wildlife.

Which made me think, could Bude do more to protect wildlife?

We don’t have to stop development, but make sure wildlife are considered in the design and development site, for example, leaving green space.

Let’s make Bude a wildlife-friendly town!


  • Ian Stuart Mason says:

    Having seen elsewhere the effect on the natural environment by creeping development I am sure that this is an important issue. We are very blessed to enjoy green space in Bude but it can easily be lost.

  • Ian Stuart Mason says:

    Coincidentally, here is a response to a recent petition about developers who use nets inappropriately to “protect” birds: it suggests that legal measures are due to be strengthened to ensure biodiversity.

    The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.”.

    Government responded:

    Developers must fulfil their obligation to safeguard local wildlife and habitats. Netting trees and hedgerows is only appropriate where genuinely needed to protect birds from harm during development.

    On 8 April, we wrote to developers to remind them of their legal obligation to consider the impact of any project on local wildlife and, where necessary, to take precautionary action to protect their habitats. Developments should enhance natural environments, not destroy them. It is vital that developers take these words on board and play their full role to make sure we can deliver new communities in an environmentally sustainable way.

    Wild birds are protected by provisions in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause unnecessary suffering to a bird by an act, or a failure to act, where the person concerned knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act, or failure to act, would or be likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

    Any development project must consider the impact on local wildlife and take precautionary action to protect habitat. Bird netting should be kept to a minimum, and used only to help protect birds during development.

    In accordance with Natural England’s standing advice for local authorities needing to assess planning applications that affect wild birds, survey reports and mitigation plans are required for projects that could affect protected species. Our revised National Planning Policy Framework also makes clear that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural environment by minimising the impacts on, and providing net gains for, biodiversity. However, we plan to require developers to deliver biodiversity net gain, under new arrangements in the forthcoming Environment Bill. This will mean wildlife habitat must be left in a measurably better state than it was before any development.

    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    Click this link to view the response online:


    This petition has over 100,000 signatures. The Petitions Committee will consider it for a debate. They can also gather further evidence and press the government for action.

  • Steve Haynes says:

    Agreed. Protecting what we’ve got, and rewilding, actually sucks CO2 out of the air and fights climate breakdown. So, as well as preserving the environment and wildlife around us, it protects our own lives and those of our children. Every Town Council decision and recommendation should reflect these priorities.

  • Emma says:

    The Bude catchment is the only location in Cornwall where you can find water voles in the wild. A reintroduction was done by local charity Westland Countryside Stewards to bring them back into the catchment. Keep an eye out on the Neet/Strat and the canal and you will hopefully spot one.

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