HIGH­WAY TO HOPE

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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!

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