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From The Times in England (owned by arch-warmonger Rupert Murdoch):
March 12, 2010
British Army meets its match as German nature lovers halt training
They have faced improvised bombs, been ambushed by guerrillas and shot at by al-Qaeda. Now, British troops training for their next battle with Afghan insurgents have been foiled by German nature lovers.
Plans to erect mock Afghan villages in the heathland of Gütersloh, northwest Germany, to prepare the Army for close-contact warfare were put on hold this week after a German court ruled in favour of the rare sand lizard and the even rarer blue-winged grasshopper.
They are among those species said to be threatened by the multimillion-pound project which could now be put on hold for a year while environmentalists carry out tests on water, noise levels and air quality, as well as on the potential impacts on flora and wildlife.
Gütersloh councillors approved the plans to build two mock communities and to renovate an existing Potemkin village on February 19.
Army workers had already cleared a large area of undergrowth when the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (Nabu) went to court in Minden, Germany, on Monday in an attempt to halt construction for at least 12 months. “Protected biotopes have already been destroyed,” said Josef Tumbrinck, the chairman of the local Nabu branch.
“In our view the decision to allow this building to go ahead was illegal in the first place. I am glad that pressure has led to a stop so far. …”
The Military Training Area Senne — a sweeping 220 square kilometre tract of heath, moorland and fir tree forests — has been classified by the Europarc nature organisation as fulfilling all of the criteria needed to be designated a national park in its own right.
The European Commission has confirmed its protected status.
The Army uses roughly half of the area for warfare practice. The range is home to 40 species of mammals, 111 species of breeding birds, 12 species of fish, 15 species of amphibians, 1,150 species of butterflies, 1,500 species of beetles, 47 species of dragonflies, 23 species of locusts, 800 species of ferns, 1,200 species of mushrooms and 313 different types of moss.
The meadow pipit is one of the birds on the endangered list, the wood lark another. The sand lizard and the blue-winged grasshopper are both threatened while the dune tiger beetle is approaching the danger zone.
Their plight has alarmed environmentalists far beyond Germany’s shores. The World Habitat Society has called for “international protests” on its website, claiming: “The British Army is on the way to destroy one of Europe’s most valuable nature reserves.”
It said that planned roads would “seal off” wildlife and threaten already endangered species.
Senior army commanders in Germany and London are infuriated by the court action, which could severely hamper training plans for the 5,000 British troops stationed around the Senne area.
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