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Anger as deer dies trapped behind Aylesbury HS2 fencing

A walker posted on Facebook about his sadness that there was nothing done to help the animal.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:08pm 27th April 2020. (Updated at 11:46am 29th April 2020) 2-minute read.

Anger as deer dies trapped behind Aylesbury HS2 fencing

A deer has passed away in Aylesbury, after reportedly being trapped behind HS2 fencing.

One walker saw the animal distressed near Fairford Leys on Friday and tried to help, telling construction workers.

But the following day, it was dead.

There are worries for other wildlife around construction sites.

In the post on Facebook, the man said:

"It was running up and down trying to find a way into Hartwell House.

"The wife and I tried to herd it down to the opening at the bottom but that was impossible.

"Informed the HS2 workers but they didn’t seem that interested.

"This morning unfortunately walking through the GC footpath it’s now laying dead against the fence, very sad."

HS2 Viaduct CGI (4)
HS2 will pass through Aylesbury Vale

There has been an angry reaction to the post, with many saying HS2 are killing wildlife up and down the route.

How very sad. No one wants flippin HS2, I just cannot believe it’s still going ahead. Poor wildlife, flora and fauna destroyed..  

...Crimes against the planet...

HS2 told us they have asked contractors to investigate, adding:

"...the site in question is fenced off on three sides with a 12 meter wide gap left on the other side in order to allow wildlife to get out. We don't know the cause of death but the deer was clearly not trapped in the site."

They said they take reports like this very seriously.

Construction has continued on the high-speed line, with the government giving the notice to proceed a few weeks ago.

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