Wildlife experts say they’re concerned for the creatures living around Ruislip Golf Course as prep work starts on the high speed rail link.
Developers CSJV moved on to the site to start work at the end of last month but have to move a number of Great Crested Newts discovered in a pond on the course.
Also known as the ‘Warty newt’ the amphibians are classed as a European Protected Species. They’ll be moved to a new home that has been created just off Breakspear Road South
A spokesman for the Wildlife Trust told Northwood&RuislipNews that newts are protected by law, and as such, HS2 has a legal obligation to protect them.
Ian Tokelove said: “The newts may lack the appeal of cuter wildlife such as hedgehogs, but they play an important role in a healthy, diverse ecosystem. If damage to Great Crested Newt habitat is unavoidable, as in this instance, HS2 must legally undertake what is known as mitigation, which in this case means moving the newts to freshly created, newt-friendly habitat.
“Before HS2 can proceed with such mitigation, they will have needed to apply for and receive a licence from Natural England, the regulatory body that helps to promote nature conservation.”
The works will take place in phases and will involve the installation of temporary wire fencing, work cabins, vegetation clearance and the creation of a new site entrance.
The contractors say they’ll be no more than 24 vehicles accessing the site on any one day. Householders and retailers who will be directly be affected by HS2 are being urged to attend a number of drop-in sessions to keep up date with on-going work.
The sessions are being held at Ruislip Manor Library on Thursday, November 1 and Monday, November 19.
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