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HS2 work starts at Calvert Jubilee nature reserve

Work has started despite the project being under review.

Published by Mix96 News at 5:48am 11th December 2019. (Updated at 5:51am 11th December 2019) 3-minute read.

HS2 work starts at Calvert Jubilee nature reserve

The Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire wildlife trust are upset that HS2 work has started at Calvert Jubilee. 

HS2 is currently under review, but they do still have a legal right to enter the reserve. The wildlife trust were expecting an update on when the work was due to start, but found out from members of the public.

In February this year after receiving notice of the work they objected to the proposals  due to the destruction of breeding and feeding habitats for a range of species. Then in May  they denied contractors access to start the work.

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They have now tweeted to share their dismay over the work starting in the nature reserve.

The Wildlife Trust said It's absolutely nonsensical for irreversible works of destruction to take place whilst the whole of the HS2 project is being reviewed. The works should be stopped immediately and the Oakervee Review into HS2 be allowed to report back before any decision is made of whether clearance works should take place.

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The 20 hectare open-water space houses a haven of overwintering waterfowl and waders along with a lot of resident birdlife. All five UK hairstreak butterflies have also been recorded at the nature reserve.

A spokesperson from HS2 said:

"As agreed by Government, limited preparatory works can be undertaken during the Oakervee review period. Our contractors are currently engaged in essential works so that our impact is reduced during the forthcoming bird nesting season. This includes in a small area of the Calvert Green nature reserve for which we have the full permission of the landowner.

"HS2 is the low-carbon transport alternative which will help Britain achieve our target of net zero carbon emissions by reducing the number of cars and lorries on the roads, and domestic flights across the UK."

They also told us part of HS2's green corridor programme, more than 75,000 new trees are due to be planted across Buckinghamshire over the coming year. This will help create over 33 square kilometres of new woodland and wildlife habitat all along the route - an increase of around 30% compared to what's there now.

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