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VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
know, it’s illegal in Britain to interfere with nesting birds, whatever the reason.
So we can’t, legally, take our platform down. We can cheerfully ignore
Black Rod’s instructions to us.”
Wilmot was right because according to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of
1981, it is illegal in the U.K. to intentionally take, damage or destroy a wild
bird’s nest while it is being used or built.
Black Rod was not amused and the BBC continues to broadcast from its
platform. The birds seem quite content to stay, waiting for their eggs to
hatch. Black Rod contributes to the birds’ food supply. She decided to re-seed
the grass on College Green. The black birds, with no respect for authority,
now cheerfully feed on the seeds, scattered by the gardeners in the hope of
restoring College Green to its previous lush state. The BBC is content to keep
the birds there. Who knows what will happen when the chicks have hatched
and flown the nest? By then Brexit will either have happened or the whole
sorry affair will have collapsed in total disarray and the British economy
with it, leaving the black birds unaffected by the resulting anarchy.
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