Driv­ers urged to slow down to pro­tect wildlife

The Oban Times - - News -

A BANAVIE res­i­dent is ask­ing driv­ers on the A830 at the Banavie swing bridge to drive slower in a bid to pro­tect rare wildlife.

Su­san­nah Calderan, who lives by the canal at Banavie, was wait­ing to cross the road at the bridge when she no­ticed some­thing on the verge. It was a large adult ot­ter, which ap­peared to have died af­ter be­ing hit by a car. The speed limit on that sec­tion of the A830 has re­cently been low­ered to 40 mph, but Su­san­nah said: ‘Peo­ple still drive re­ally fast. Lots of pedes­tri­ans find it daunt­ing cross­ing the road there and it’s a prob­lem for wildlife too. We are so lucky to have ot­ters in our area. They use the canal on both sides of the road, so have to cross it some­where. It looks like a car was too quick for this one.’

Su­san­nah con­tin­ued: ‘ Go­ing a bit slower across the swing bridge would in­crease jour­ney times by so lit­tle and makes all the dif­fer­ence to both peo­ple and wildlife who have to cross that road.’

A Lochaber res­i­dent is urg­ing driv­ers to take more care to pro­tect ot­ters be­liev­ing ‘we are lucky to have them’.

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