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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2018, 07:01:37 pm »

To be fair to Network Rail, as part of the electrification project they have set up a fund for ecological mitigation projects to offset the effects of clearing a considerable amount of lineside vegetation to make it suitable for overhead lines. This is available for local wildlife groups to use for habitat creation.

The "new" (or restored?) open grassland habitat on the cleared cuttings and embankments will also not be pure loss. Those with an interest in wildlife may recall that when we had a spurt of motorway building in the 1960s and 1970s the newly created verges created an ideal habitat for small mammals, especially voles, which in turn resulted in hovering Kestrels becoming a feature of motorway journeys. As the verges have grown, this has been lost, and you don't see so many Kestrels 
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