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Fears over air show impact on birds

PUBLISHED: 14:12 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 23 May 2018

The Red Arrows will be at the air show. Picture: Squadron leader Mike Ling

The Red Arrows will be at the air show. Picture: Squadron leader Mike Ling

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A wider no fly zone may be imposed on the Great Yarmouth Air Show following concerns over the impact on birds.

The RSPB had raised objections to June 16 and 17’s show over fears it would impact on the little tern colony by Scroby Sands.

The organisation has been in negotiations with the air show organisers, who now say flight paths to and from the display area have already been changed and they are now considering a wider no fly zone for further bird protection and will not be flying over nesting areas.

The RSPB had wanted regulator Natural England to stop the air show with the organisation’s Jeff Knott, East of England regional director, saying aircraft passing close to Scroby Sands could cause adult birds to fly up from the nests, potentially leaving eggs and chicks exposed and without food for long periods of time.

The air show is being organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

A statement from David Marsh, Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, said: “The air show has been carefully planned with wildlife as one of the many factors to be taken into account.

“Flying lines have already been adjusted to mitigate any threat to Scroby Sands, and we are keen to ensure that any damage to the tern population is avoided at all costs.

“We are now considering a wider no fly zone for further bird protection and will not be flying over nesting areas.

“The majority of planned flights are not impacted and we gather that Natural England, as of yesterday May 22, were minded to give their assent conditional on final agreement on habitat assessments.”

Mr Brown stressed all the displays remain unchanged.

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