A reprieve for the Theale Nightingales?

The company seeking to build a housing estate on the banks of Theale Main lake have withdrawn their appeal against West Berkshire Council’s refusal of planning permission. This surprise came during the hearing this week of further evidence on flood risks. What will happen next is by no means clear, but we hope that it will mean the nationally important Nightingale population in the Theale area will be safe for the foreseeeable future.

The BOC has fought against this development proposal and Neil Bucknell gave evidence to the appeal hearing. Read more in Neil’s BB eye article in British Birds, December 2018.