VEGETATION around Shoreham library has been removed to protect the building from arson attacks.
The beds of bushes were completed cleared yesterday, prompting concern from residents about wildlife.
Library manager Charlotte Coates put up a message to explain the situation.
“Due to a spate of arson, including a very lucky escape, the vegetation surrounding Shoreham library was considered a fire risk and has been removed,” she wrote.
“The area will be replanted with more suitable foliabe int he spring.”
Neil Dawson spread the news on Twitter yesterday, saying: “Thriving habitat always full of birds destroyed today outside library. Makes me very sad.”