Planting 11 million trees could have catastrophic effect on our precious wildlife: Our letter published in The Independent

The Water companies desire to become carbon neutral by 2030 is laudable, but they should be very cautious about doing this by planting woods (11 million new trees to be planted in England by water companies, August 15).

Inappropriate planting in open landscapes robs the habitat much of our most threatened wildlife. Species like skylark, corn bunting, grey partridge, lapwing and curlew all depend on open treeless landscapes for their survival, so we should be very cautious about the proposed biodiversity benefits of woodland planting and keep the trees in the woods.

Mike Swan
Head of Education, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust  

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