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HS2 to start digging up ancient woodland from AprilHS2 Ltd has confirmed to the Woodland Trust it will begin the futile act of attempting to move the soil from five ancient woodlands during April.Dee Smith  •  26 Mar 2020

Press Release HS2 to start digging up ancient woodland from AprilHS2 Ltd has confirmed to the Woodland Trust it will begin the futile act of attempting to move the soil from five ancient woodlands during April.Dee Smith  •  26 Mar 2020

Notes to editors

For media enquiries only please contact 01476 581121 or deesmith@woodlandtrust.org.uk.  Interviews can be arranged via phone or Skype but not on site.

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1. protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
  2. restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
  3. plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering over 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free.

The five ancient woods being translocated and destroyed in April are:

Broadwells Wood

Grid reference: SP280752

Size: 15.69ha

Loss: 3.2ha

Details: This is the single biggest loss of ancient woodland on Phase 1.  Known to be home to many species of bat, including common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared, Daubenton’s, noctule and Myotis species.  HS2’s Environmental Impact Assessment identified it contained suitable otter habitat including for potential breeding.  Active badger setts present.

Crackley Wood

Grid reference: SP289742

Size: 5.6ha

Loss: 0.9ha

Details: Marsh tit (red list) recorded 2015.  HS2’s Environmental Statement mentions newts, and bats. Activity surveys revealed common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared,

Daubenton’s, noctule and Myotis species of bats in habitats within the land required for construction. Myotis species are rare for Warwickshire. Suitable otter habitat identified in EIA.

Unnamed wood near Ashow Road

Grid reference: SP323725

Size: 1.68ha

Loss: 0.2ha

Details: High levels of bat activity around this woodland and Stoneleigh Business Park including common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Daubenton’s, noctule, brown long-eared and calls identified as Myotis species. A low level of Leisler’s bat activity has been recorded during static surveys.

Birches Wood

Grid reference: SP2885574610

Size: 0.6ha

Loss: 0.6ha

Details: 0.6ha of loss, which is the entire wood.  HS2 did not treat this as an ancient woodland at the time the Environmental Statement was published, therefore we have little information about it. 

Fulfen Wood

Grid reference: SK148098

Size: 1.01ha

Loss: 0.4ha

Details: Common and soprano pipistrelles  present and occasional Myotis species.  Bat roost within this wood to be lost to the scheme. 

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