No-fly zone to protect birds

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Concerns over nesting birds on a north Northumberland nature reserve have been resolved, thanks to a ‘very helpful and supportive’ RAF.

It follows reported low flying by RAF jets over the Farne Islands last week, which apparently led to kittiwake chicks being knocked from their nests into the North Sea.

The RAF and The National Trust, which owns and manages the Farnes, both said they were looking into the matter and a no-fly zone is now in place.

A statement from the trust said: “The National Trust was very concerned about recent low-flying aircraft over the Farne Islands and the disturbance these kinds of incidents can cause nesting birds.

“We have been working with the RAF to investigate this.

“The RAF have been very helpful and supportive and have worked hard to find a quick solution.

“We can now confirm that a no-fly zone is now in place around the islands for the remainder of this year’s breeding season and the colonies are therefore no longer at risk.

“The National Trust and the RAF will continue the dialogue to ensure a long-term solution is in place for future years.

“The National Trust is grateful to the RAF for their acknowledgement of The National Trust’s concern and their speedy resolution.”