Hi Paul Welcome to the community from Sheffield.
Sorry to hear about all the habitat destruction around you, I know firms like network rail are a law unto themselves, there is about a 5 mile stretch on my local line has had all the trees and shrubs removed so they could put new fencing up, there must have been a lot of wildlife displaced on that stretch.
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In reply to Alan.:
Hi Alan, thanks for your welcome and empathy.
That's what is happening here. I had a letter from Network Rail on August 18th, backdated to the 7th, stating that work will start on September 11th despite the fact that it has been going on for several weeks already.
They can't even be honest about what they're doing, so they must be aware of how provocative their actions are. No hedgehogs, foxes or badgers have appeared on my camera trap since the work started, only cats.
If they put up a chainlink fence then the wildlife won't be able to get into gardens to forage. A wildlife corridor is only useful if it connects places otherwise it's just a dead end.
In reply to Paul J:
Since this work started the local sparrowhawk has taken to hunting in my garden several times per day instead of a couple of times per week as it did previously.
Not only have the birds lost their habitat, they are now at much greater risk of being predated, thanks to Network Rail's illegal ground clearance. Network Rail have refused to supply details of the ecological survey they were supposed to have carried out before work started, despite a request under the Freedom of Information Act. It is my suspicion that no such survey was ever carried out.
I estimate that the number of birds visiting my garden has dropped by at least 90%. I still cannot believe that there is no organisation willing to stand up and fight these acts of deliberate destruction.
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