'Angry residents have taken to Twitter to complain after developers netted trees to keep birds out during peak nesting season.
The Walnut Tree Park housing development, being built by Sladen Estates, have covered numerous trees in Guildford, Surrey, with nets to stop birds nesting in them.
The move is thought to be because, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is unlawful for them to cut down trees containing nesting birds.
But locals have branded the action 'sickening' and claim it is causing birds to die.
'It is not just birds that cannot get to the trees, think of the insects trapped without thought or care too, it's sickening, our culture has evolved to be quite vile,' tweeted Rebecca Clifford.
TrinityPamela added: 'If I saw this I'd be up there with a ladder and a pair of scissors, it's the most offensive thing I've seen in a long time.
Home Farm Magpie said: 'A very cynical ploy to get around the legislation. I have wondered for many years why no one has taken developers to task for operations that farmers are not allowed to do.
Michael Powell wrote: 'Disgraceful behaviour and equally as bad as the illegal destruction of nests. Should be banned.'
Sarah Spencer-Adams tweeted: 'Totally insane and cruel. Total disregard for the biosphere obviously.''
Read more: Fury as developers cover trees in huge NETS to keep out birds and get around rules preventing the cutting down of nesting grounds
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