Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is "extremely concerned" about the extent of damage HS2 could have on the county and its wildlife. According to the trust, the project’s working draft environmental statement (ES) indicates as many as 47 wildlife rich sites covering over 200ha will be affected.
More specifically, the ES indicates 17 local wildlife sites would be almost completely destroyed, with a further seven badly damaged. Furthermore, three ancient woodlands would be directly affected alongside a number of wetlands. The trust has responded to the project’s latest consultation in a bit to alert the government to its concerns.
Kieron Huston, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s regional manager commented: "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 during and after HS2’s construction if we are to avoid a disastrous outcome."