'Risk losing the wildlife'
PLANNERS and developers are being urged to recognise the value of brownfield sites as potential wildlife havens in a new report published by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT).
The charity is concerned Gloucestershire is at risk of losing areas rich in wildlife if brownfield sites continue to be overlooked. It says many councils are failing to recognise the importance these areas can have for wildlife, and warns that this needs to change.
Dr Colin Studholme, of GWT, said: "The terms 'greenfield' and 'brownfield' are artificial when it comes to nature. Development should be targeted to land of lesser environmental value. We are asking councils to ensure they fully understand the ecology of brownfield sites."
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