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Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Countryside -

say the ‘ DIY by­pass’ east of Here­ford is a threat to wildlife and a scar on the land­scape near the na­tion­ally im­por­tant Lugg Mead­ows na­ture re­serve.

Engi­neers started build­ing the farm ac­cess road in Septem­ber which will al­low de­liv­er­ies to and from the anaer­o­bic di­gester plant at Court Farm in Hamp­ton Bishop.

Here­ford­shire Wildlife Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tives fear this new ac­cess road poses a threat to the few re­main­ing curlews in the area as it is just yards from the site of spe­cial sci- en­tific in­ter­est. Con­ser­va­tion se­nior man­ager An­drew Nixon said: “The road is a vis­ual scar on a tra­di­tional meadow land­scape that has per­sisted for cen­turies.

“We are deeply con­cerned about the im­pact it will have on the ad­ja­cent Lugg and Hamp­ton Mead­ows site of spe­cial sci­en­tific in­ter­est and the River Lugg spe­cial area of con­ser­va­tion as well as the loss of good qual­ity meadow grass­land along the route it­self.

“The im­pact of the road on the few re­main­ing pairs of breed­ing curlew on the ad­ja­cent meadow is also of se­ri­ous con­cern.”

He said the curlew is one of our most rapidly declining breed­ing bird species.

Num­bers have de­clined by 46% de­cline across the UK from 19942010.

“Here­ford­shire

Wildlife

Trust ob­jected to the pro­posed road de­vel­op­ment in 2016 based on these con­cerns,” he said.

“We are there­fore sur­prised and very dis­ap­pointed that the statu­tory bod­ies have con­cluded such a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment will not have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the des­ig­nated fea­tures of both the SSSI and SAC.

“This de­vel­op­ment demon­strates the aw­ful im­pacts road de­velop-

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