M27 Upgrade – Vegetation Clearance.

Several residents have contacted Katrina, concerned about Highways England’s preparatory work in advance of the M27 upgrade works.

They intend to carry out vegetation clearance along the scheme during the first two weeks of April.

Residents are concerned that vegetation removal should not be taking place after the end of March, during the bird nesting season.
I have already made my views known to Highways England and hope that you can do so too. If you agree, why not also contact them, upping the pressure to halt this work during the bird nesting season:

Sent: Monday, April 1, 2019 13:34

To: Trott, Cllr. Mrs K

Subject: Highways England response – Vegetation works impact on wildlife – Ref 19043452

Dear Councillor Trott

Thank you for your email dated 1 April 2019, within which you raise your concerns relating to vegetation clearance works and the effects this may have on nesting birds.

I have investigated your query and discussed this issue with the environmental manager for the M27 smart motorway scheme. She has given the assurance that these vegetation clearances aren’t in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA), and that every measure is taken to ensure the safety of local wildlife.

Although it is best to avoid vegetation clearances around the nesting season, these are works that need to be undertaken.  To eliminate the possibility of nests being destroyed, we have an Ecologist on site for the entirety of the clearance works.

The Ecologist is on site to perform hand checks, and to put exclusion zones in place should we find any birds or nests.

I hope I have sufficiently answered your query, however if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us again on the contact details below

Kind regards

Peter Hutchinson Smart Motorways Business Administrator

Highways England | 2 Colmore Square | Birmingham | B4 6BN

Tel: 0300 123 5000 (Customer Contact Centre)

E-mail: m27j4-11Smartmotorway@highwaysengland.co.uk
Web: www.highwaysengland.co.uk.

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