An ecologist says he and his team are upset after having been “dismissed” from managing a Sudbury wildlife site.
George Millins and a number of volunteers have managed the wildlife area behind Sainsbury’s in Cornard Road – also known as the Armes factory site – for more than five years, but before Christmas they were told by town council clerk Sue Brotherwood that they had to stop work.
Mr Millins said: “It seems we will not be allowed to continue our voluntary conservation work despite achieving massive increases in biodiversity over the years.
“It came as a total surprise and my team found it very hurtful indeed.”
Mr Millins, from Heath Estate in Great Waldingfield, said the site’s lizard population had increased, while roe deer and badger sets had been spotted, and he was worried for their future.
The conservation area is owned by Sainsbury’s but is due to be passed into town council ownership with a £10,000 donation from the supermarket company agreed as part of the conditions of the development of the store.
Mr Millins said Sainsbury’s had confirmed his team could carry on looking after the site.
Jacqui Howells, deputy town clerk, said Mr Millins and his team had been told to stop work on health and safety grounds. How the site would be managed in future would be the subject of a council meeting on February 4, she said.