The Woodvale charity WACA, with the help of 52 RAF volunteers, have recently destroyed valuable bird nesting grounds that were utilised by numerous species each season. This appalling eco-destruction was totally unwarranted yet WACA saw fit to actually ‘boast’ about it on their Facebook page.

rowBarren land today thanks, to that WACA’s misguided bramble-removal actions.


Reckless WACA misdirection under Cllr Ted Hartill has therefore ensured that they’ve ‘cleaned up’ (i.e. destroyed) a large amount of fruit-bearing brambles that had been utilised by varies species of native and visiting birds for many years. Several concerned residents had brought this crime against local nature to our attention and they were clearly unhappy about it.


It seems that Tory – controlled WACA are desperately intent on being seen as pro-active (only a month off the Election) in the Ainsdale community, yet have once again shown locals that they have NO idea about what they are actually playing at.  More details:

The brambles that thoughtless WACA misdirection has recklessly destroyed were absolutely essential to nesting birds, such as robins, finches, wrens, blackbirds, thrushes, warblers, etc.
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Birds etc are the losers – thanks to WACA ignorance.
Locals infuriated by mindless WACA actions! 

An elderly lady (who does not wish to be named, due to fear of repercussions) stated:

“I could have cried when I saw what they had done. Whoever is behind stupidity needs locking up. I walk the dogs along the bramble path and pick berries with my daughter in there in autumn. We see lots of birds like wrens and the robins building their nests in the brambles. Cutting them down like that in spring when they are making little chicks was a sin. This should be stopped.” 

Animals that benefit from brambles

  • Hundreds of creatures use brambles at different times of the year.
  • Insects visit the flowers for pollen and nectar, including bumblebees, honey bees, hoverflies, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and lacewings.
  • Spiders spin webs to catch the bounty of visiting insects.
  • Moths such as buff arches, peach blossom and fox moths lay their eggs on bramble as it is their larval foodplant.
  • Blackbirds, thrushes, chaffinches, starlings, robins, pheasants, foxes, mice and other small mammals eat the fruits.
  • Robins, wrens, thrushes, blackbirds, warblers and finches will nest in bramble and small mammals use it for protection from predators.


Source: the RSPB

Sadly, the WACA charity is once again proving to the Woodvale community that the natural environment is most certainly not safe in its hands.  Following complaints from concerned Woodvale residents we reported on this fiasco. The never-ending desire to ‘tidy up’ natural wild places may seem a great idea to some, yet more and more professional ecological bodies are warning against this ecologically-destructive human peculiarity. Tidying up (destroying) wild fauna in fact is highly detrimental to the wildlife that urgently needs unkempt spaces for survival. WACA do not own the woodlands – Sefton Council do!

Concerns have been expressed to Ainsdale’s Cllr Haydn Preece and Sefton’s Chief executive, Margaret Carney.


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