LONGRIDGE resident and professional wildlife photographer, Jay Knight, has produced a video of land campaigners say should be protected against development.

The site at Longridge has been earmarked for 225 houses by Cheshire East Council, a plan which is being opposed by campaign group Save Longridge Greenbelt.

Jay is a member of the campaign group, and is fully in support of the bid to stop development of the site.

He said: "I’m a conservation biologist and wildlife guide, and there is a lot to be lost if this goes ahead. This site needs to be protected, and I have bird records for at least three years for the site."

The campaign group said: "This land has rewilded into a stunning nature reserve with over 70 species of bird, including protected red and amber list species, as well as foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and a whole host of butterflies and insects.

"The land also includes ancient woodland, flower meadows and a vitally important wetland for newts and wintering birds.

"It is an absolute tragedy that the people of Cheshire East Council have allocated this land for destruction.

"Climate change is real and these are the poor decisions that are causing it.

"This decision needs to be reversed; please help us do this by liking our Facebook page, signing our petition and telling Cheshire East Council that they are wrong."

The Facebook page is savelongridgegreenbelt, and the petition can be found at bit.ly/33XkQoV