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- Each year Swallows travel 8,000 km from South Africa to Britain as the season turns.
- This year, one group will arrive to find their usual nesting place in Tesco's large supermarket in Norwich.
- Tesco says she is trying to solve a health hazard. But the campaign says it should be boycotted until it takes the networks.
Tesco's supermarkets in Britain are facing a boycott unless one of its stores removes chains to keep the swallows out of their habitual nesting.
Each year, the Swallows travel about 8,000 km from South Africa to spend the winter in the climes, putting more on one of the more massive migrations on Earth, but this year one group will find their former nests destroyed – and a barrier against immigration in place to keep them away .
The group has been nested at Hereford Bridge and Tesco for at least six years, according to Chris Skinner, a conservationist who follows them.
Campaigns say that Superstar Tesco in Norwich used high-pressure water spray to remove old nests, and then set up a network against birds to prevent the return of swallows.
Skinner told the BBC that it was legal to install the network if it was done during the nesting season of Swallow, but was technically allowed because it was done a few weeks before it.
Tesco said the nets had been installed at the expert's recommendation to encourage the birds to nest in the back of the shop instead of the front, where their wheels fell on the shopping carts.
The company said the droppings were "a significant health and safety risk."
Hey, the network that was installed on our Superstore Norwich Hereford Bridge was created specifically for Swallows to encourage them to nest in alternative locations. Unfortunately, the droppings left by the birds are a significant health and safety risk
– Tesco (@ Tesco) March 16, 2019
But Skinner argues that the cashier's problem can be solved in other ways, none of which would prevent the moving swallows from nesting in their usual place.
The subject became a hot topic on Twitter, with prominent and popular calls for a boycott
But a petition around the issue failed to reach the traction until mid-Saturday morning, with only 20 people registered to demand Tesco to remove the net.
The Royal Society of Britain for the protection of birds said it would be a meeting with a supermarket chain to find a solution.
Listen to Chris Skinner Conservation Discussing Anti-Swallow Network on BBC Radio.
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