Drivers urged to slow down to protect wildlife
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’.