Wildlife trust offers help to answer HS2 consultation

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THE Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has mailed its members with an information pack designed to help them respond to the HS2 high-speed rail consultation.

A total of 26,000 packs have been sent out to members across the three counties and already more than 1,000 have been returned.

The trust has expressed its opposition to the proposed rail route, which would impact on 17 important designated wildlife sites.

Earlier this month, chief executives of 36 local Wildlife Trusts signed a letter to David Cameron, in which they expressed concern at the “very serious damage to wildlife and the countryside” that would result from the development.

People have until July 29 to reply to the consultation over the proposed rail link, but anti-HS2 campaigners have expressed concern that the questions are biased.

The BBOWT has posted its own answers to the consultation questions on its website, www.bbowt.org.uk

Members of the public can then follow a link to complete the consultation document themselves.

Copies of the information pack are also available from the trust’s nature reserve at College Lake, Bulbourne, near Tring.