Black swans stop golf courses and villas going up

6th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 October 2006, MADRID — A court has ruled a major building development and four golf courses must be put on hold as they pose a risk to protected black swans and golden eagles.

6 October 2006

MADRID — A court has ruled a major building development and four golf courses must be put on hold as they pose a risk to protected black swans and golden eagles.

The court of Castilla y Leon said the development of 1,600 homes and gold courses cannot go ahead as they could harm the breeding ground of the swans, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.

There are thought to be only 322 breeding pairs of black swans in all Spain.

The council of Las Navas del Marques and the regional government of Castilla y Leon had given permission for the urbanisation of the area where the birds breed.

After the court ruling, the mayor of Las Navas del Marques, Gerardo Perez, said he was surprised by the ruling.

"Golf is good for the area," he said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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