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Sefton woods warning.

A PLAN to cut down almost 50,000 trees from a lush beauty spot between Formby and Ainsdale will mean the ``b eginning of the end'' for Sefton's seaside woodlands and red squirrel population,campaigners warned.

Pressure group Sefton Coast Watch hit out after a draft report recommended that a huge tree felling operation in the 100-year-old pine woodland at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve should go ahead.

English Nature wants to clear 24 hectares to expand the ``desert wasteland'' corridor along the beach in a bid to encourage populations of EU-protected natterjack toads, sand lizards and great crested newts. But locals fear it will damage the area's red squirrel population, which is only protected under British law and attracts smaller grants for English Nature.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2004
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