HS2 accused of ‘unacceptable’ damage to wildlife'Watch
The Wildlife Trusts say the new railway will cause “unacceptable” damage to nature, without sufficient efforts to conserve the woodlands and endangered species that will be harmed.
As a public consultation into the environmental impact of the scheme comes to a close, the organisation have urged the government-owned company to increase efforts to restore threatened wild places. They also called on HS2 Ltd to save habitats like wetlands and ancient woodlands, which take hundreds of years to form and are considered irreplaceable.
The company’s own figures show the latest phase under consideration will impact over 100 important wildlife sites.
Is it right to put infrastructure before wildlife? Or can a balance be found?