EDITORIAL - ‘Could the stork be a symbol of our area?’

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White storks have a wing span of 7ft. Imagine seeing these black and white birds soaring across skies in the Waveney Valley. It would be quite a sight.

Quite rightly the man behind the project, Ben Potterton, will start a dialogue with the relevant bodies as to whether reintroducing the birds to this area is desirable and what the advantages and disadvantages are.

But it is an idea, and that is what this area needs more of.

It may be slightly crass to think of reintroducing a previously lost species in purely economic terms, but having white storks in this area would certainly be a tourist attraction.

They could even become a symbol of the area.

One of this area’s greatest assets, which is still perhaps undersold, is the environment. The beautiful countryside and the variety of flora and fauna we have benefits us all in so many ways. Why not explore more of its potential?