Wildlife threat­ened by il­le­gal dump­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

IL­LE­GAL dump­ing of waste in a na­ture re­serve near Uxbridge could threaten con­ser­va­tion work and harm wildlife, ac­cord­ing to a wildlife char­ity.

A team from the Lon­don Wildlife Trust was shocked on Thurs­day last week when they dis­cov­ered “truck­loads” of sub soil, car bat­ter­ies, empty drums of clean­ing fluid and “what looks like the con­tents of a house”.

The waste was dumped at Frays Farm Mead­ows na­ture re­serve in Den­ham, next to the busy A40 sliproad.

Con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer for west Lon­don at the Lon­don Wildlife Trust, Si­mon Hawkins, said: “This is a very se­ri­ous episode of fly tip­ping – it’s not a cou­ple of bags of gar­den rub­bish out of the back of some­one’s car.”

“It’s taken up staff time clear­ing it back so the farmer can get ac­cess to the cat­tle, and could have cost Lon­don Wildlife Trust a lot of money to re­move.”

Trust staff have been work­ing to clear a path through the rub­bish, and High­ways Eng­land have agreed to step in and re­move the dumped waste be­cause it is block­ing their ac­cess to the A40 viaduct.

There are cur­rently 11 Sus­sex cows graz­ing on the site to help main­tain plant di­ver­sity and the trust said it is es­sen­tial the re­serve can be ac­cessed.

Frays Farm Mead­ows is also home to en­dan­gered wa­ter voles, barn owls, slow worms and a colony of glow-worms.

The re­serve is one of only 40 across Lon­don pro­vided by the Lon­don Wildlife Trust and has been des­ig­nated a ‘site of spe­cial sci­en­tific in­ter­est’ be­cause of the wildlife liv­ing there.

Con­cerns over the site’s fu­ture have also been raised as the re­serve could also be dam­aged by a HS2 haul road.

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