BERKS, Committees to make the proposals, and concluded case for better wildlife that they were likely to protection along the result in local extinction route. of the population. Thanks
As a result of our to BBOWT’s campaigning campaigning, green bats will be able to use bridges will now be built the planned underpasses over the railway line and the green bridges to where it passes through travel from one area to The first phase of the Bernwood Forest. These another, which should High Speed Two (HS2) will have 30m wide protect them from flying railway has recently ‘green’ planting of grass into trains. passed the final hurdle and trees, giving wildlife a One percent of the UK’s and construction of the safer route over the breeding population of line is now starting. But, railway. barn owls are expected to thanks to campaigning by We have also secured a be hit by trains running BBOWT, together with its commitment to plant on the HS2 route between supporters and other more woodland within Birmingham and London organisations, we have the Bernwood Forest area every year. ensured there will be less to compensate for Working with the RSPB impact on our wildlife. woodland along the route we secured a requirement
Over the last seven that will be destroyed as for a Barn Owl Action years BBOWT has worked the railway line is built. Plan to be put in place. hard to secure improveA colony of Bechstein’s Details have yet to be ments to the route, which bats, one of the UK’s agreed, but are likely to passes through Bernwood rarest mammals, lives in include providing nest Forest and has direct Finemere Wood and boxes and foraging impacts on two of our neighbouring ancient habitat for barn owls well nature reserves in woodland. The HS2 route away from the danger Buckinghamshire: bisects this colony and zone around the train line.CalvertJubileeandcouldhavehugeimpacts Finemere Wood. on this important Thanks to the support of
We have produced population. other organisations, reports, met with MPs Researchers from the notably HS2 Action and appeared before University of Leeds Alliance and The Parliamentary Select looked at the initial Woodland Trust, as well as local groups the Chilterns Conservation Board and North Bucks Bat Group, we have been able to work together to ensure that the impact on wildlife is lessened and additional habitat is created, to compensate for habitat destroyed by the route.
Additional areas of ancient woodland will be protected as sections of tunnel under the Chilterns AONB are extended. Previously these areas of precious woodland, such as Mantles Wood, would have been destroyed or bisected by the railway line.
Although The Wildlife Trusts are generally supportive of sustainable transport schemes – they are an important part of our necessary transition to a low carbon economy – we believe this must not be achieved at the expense of the natural environment.
As construction begins, we will be monitoring the impact of the work on Calvert Jubilee and Finemere Wood to ensure that the regulations to protect wildlife are upheld and visitors are still able to enjoy visiting these havens for wildlife.
Find out more about BBOWT’s work regarding HS2 at www.bbowt.org. uk/hs2