Wildlife Trust criticises HS2

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THE Wildlife Trust for Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire has expressed disappointment at the decision to give the go ahead tothe first phase of High Speed 2 (HS2).

Research by The Wildlife Trust has shows the route for HS2 phase one, which runs through the Aston le Walls, Chipping Warden and Boddington could have a direct impact on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and three Local Wildlife Sites (LWS), with two other important sites in close proximity to the proposed route.

Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust, said: “The Transport Secretary says Government is committed to the ‘lowest feasible impact’ on wildlife. Yet the mitigation measures announced focus on the noise and visual impact of HS2.

Amendments to the route running through Northamptonshire announced will not reduce the damaging impact on wildlife. It isvital that the impacts on wildlife are properly considered in the next stages of the process.”

The steep sides of the railway cuttings are believed to provide a micro-climate for many species of wildflower and are home to Northamptonshire’s last known population of the nationally scarce Small Blue Butterfly.