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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:
- protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
- restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
- 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:
Grid reference: SP280752
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.
Grid reference: SP289742
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
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.
Grid reference: SP2885574610
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.
Grid reference: SK148098
Details: Common and soprano pipistrelles present and occasional Myotis species. Bat roost within this wood to be lost to the scheme.