A recent report produced by 14 local wildlife trusts and other charities that looked into the planned HS2 rail line between London and the West Midlands has shown that the project will put several species at risk of extinction, including barn owls and rare bats.
The route of the high speed train link, which also goes on to Manchester and Leeds, will reportedly cause damage to almost 700 local wildlife sites, over 100 ancient woodlands, five internationally protected wildlife sites and other places of special scientific interest.
Their study is said to be the most thorough investigation into the project so far.
The project, which could cost £106 billion or more, has been criticised by experts who have been gathering information for the Government about whether it should go ahead.
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- It has long been agreed that we need to do more to help the northern areas of our country prosper, and the HS2 is a major project designed to do just that. Debate whether you think this is worth the cost, both financially and environmentally?
- Think of an experience you’ve had with local wildlife and write a recount using descriptive language both of the landscape and/or animals as well as your feelings
- Write your own version of William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘Daffodils’ based on a natural scene that has inspired you
- Research and write factfiles for at least three wild animals found near you. For an extra challenge, try to choose ones that are endangered or threatened and outline things that could be done to protect their populations.
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