Rare bird could halt HS2
The high-speed rail line will threaten the survival of rare willow tits, conservationists warned last week.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust says the tiny species and other woodland birds are in danger because their habitat is close to the proposed route of the high-speed rail trains.
The £32billion line will pass ancient forests, wetlands and patches of mosses, including some areas that are protected by law because of their scientific value.
They include the Lightshaw Meadows nature reserve near
Wigan, a haven for rare birds including willow tits. It
is feared bats, water voles, newts and other birds including the rare black
redstart, could also be at risk.
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Charlotte Harris, director of conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s clear the government sees high-speed rail as the best deal for the north-west economy, but it’s our job to ensure we get the best deal for wildlife too.”
Up to 11 wildlife sites will be within a 100 metre corridor of the line in the
, and another 35 are just a kilometre away. north
The trust says four sites of special scientific interest are also close to the line, including Holcroft Moss, a wetland reserve near Glazebrook,
It says the affected local wildlife sites include ancient woodlands containing trees more than 400 years old.