HIGHWAY TO HOPE
THE Government is teaming up with nature experts to save England’s rarest ant.
The last remaining population of narrow-headed ants in England can be found on the verge (the grassy strip at the side of a road) of the A38 near Chudleigh Knighton in Devon.
Tiny critters like ants often get overlooked, but this species is especially helpful in areas where forests are growing. That’s because many plant species depend on the ants to help them become established in the forest.
Highways England is working with the Devon Wildlife Trust and Buglife to keep the verge clear, as the ants are very fussy about where they live!
The 10mm-long ants are small, but have been known to jump on the backs of other ant species and rip their heads off!