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We're extremely concerned about the extent of damage that HS2 will have on large swathes of Derbyshire and our wildlife

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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - Hs2 disastrous for Derbyshire

by Amber Valley Info on Friday 14 December 2018

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have released the following statement

We're extremely concerned about the extent of damage that HS2 will have on large swathes of Derbyshire and our wildlife

Carr Vale by Guy Badham

The Working Draft Environment Statement, recently released, indicates that as many as 47 wildlife rich sites covering over 200 ha will be affected by Hs2. 

17 Local Wildlife Sites will be almost completely destroyed and a further 7 will be badly damaged. 

Three ancient woodlands are directly affected as are many wetlands of vital importance for the survival of water voles, migratory and breeding birds, grass snakes and rare insects and butterflies. 

Kieron Huston, Regional Manager, said “At the moment it is clear that the environmental cost of HS2 is very high. This development will have the largest impact on wildlife that we have seen in Derbyshire since the M1 was built. 

Key habitats such as reed beds, lowland fens and flower-rich grasslands need to be a fundamental part of restoration and habitat creation when Hs2 during and after Hs2's construction if we are to avoid a disastrous outcome.”

We have responded to the latest consultation to raise our concerns and we will be keeping you informed on how you can help us as this matter progresses. 

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Environmental Statement

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