Disappearing Trick: Birds and Nuclear Waste

EGGS …once upon a time there were thousands of them on the Drigg Dunes….now there are thousands of nuclear waste packages in steel shipping containers. On 11th May Cumbria County Council will decide whether to allow a further tsunami of nuclear waste to be dumped in shipping containers at Drigg on land that is a short distance from the shifting sands.

Imagine you are stood on sand dunes between the mountains and the sea. Above your head a sky full of thousands of elegant wheeling birds from terns to black headed gulls. “The birds, which at a distance cover the ground like white dots, rise in a mass into the air. It is difficult to tread between the nests..” This is a description from The Spectator written in 1902.

The writer continues: “The nesting colonies of sea birds are commonly stinking places ; but here the pure dry sand disinfected the guano, and absorbed any scraps of wasted food. As you walked across the links towards the place where they descended at a steep angle to the shore, fresh birds always rose as sand-ridge after sand-ridge was crossed. ..Such a place affords a delightful spectacle to a naturalist. The grey sea, the long row of yellow sand hills, the distant Cumbrian…

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