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HS2 and wildlife, what's the true cost?

The path of HS2 goes through over 100 ancient woodlands, a key habitat for thousands of animals. The company behind HS2 has not published any information on the amount of woodlands that would be affected by the project, however independent surveys of the areas have concluded that the number runs into the hundreds. In 2013, an investigation by the Independent on Sunday found that over 350 sites were affected by Phases 1 and 2: they reported: “Among the sites that could be directly damaged or indirectly affected are a national nature reserve, 10 county wildlife trust reserves, about 50 ancient woods, 30 river corridors, 24 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs, the highest level of protection) and hundreds of other...

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Epping forest left covered in litter after late night mass gatherings

Large groups had been seen gathering near High Beech on Friday, the 27th of June. Residents had said they had been left feeling disgusted by the mess that was seemingly left behind by people attending and illegal party arranged in the area. Essex live had reported that "Staff and volunteers from City of London Epping Forest spent more than two-and-a-half hours clearing up the area with dozens of bags of rubbish filled to the brim with waste." Police have placed a dispersal order in the area after they were informed of further planned mass gatherings over the weekend. The mess included the remnants of empty beer crates, cans and bottles, as well as metal canisters. Broken glass, torn metal shards and...

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How we plan to protect wildlife pt2: Campaigning

Our mission is to protect and defend wildlife. We're developing the best strategies to best achieve our goals down each avenue; our second item in this series focuses on campaigning. For many years there have been campaigns to strengthen laws and practices regarding animals and wildlife, many of which have proven to be successful. Our plan is to continue these efforts and work with MPs, authorities and political parties to develop the best solutions to issues facing animals and wildlife and provide facts and figures that we discover. We plan on creating a new research team that will conduct and collate research into the human effects on wildlife, such as development, climate change, populations and biosecurity control. With this research...

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How we plan to protect wildlife pt1: Crime

Our mission is to protect and defend wildlife from crime, climate change and other human factors. We're developing the best strategies to best achieve our goals down each avenue; our first target is crime. Wildlife crime plagues Cambridgeshire and the UK, animals are persecuted on a daily basis by illegal hunting, fly-tipping, poaching and land use. We've carefully constructed plans to help us in the battle against these crimes. We feel that with your support, our teams will be able to make a major effective difference in the welfare of animals living in Cambridgeshire and beyond.  Gather evidence. Who, what, when, where. Our teams will work to gather valuable evidence against perpetrators, using technology, expertise and experience to catch suspects....

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How you can help wildlife in your own garden.

Wildlife can be amazing for us to watch; birds, small creatures, and insects are all part of an brilliant ecosystem. Helping wildlife doesn't have to be a one-way task, you can make your garden a safe space for wildlife and enjoy their company just as much as they'll enjoy your garden! Provide food and water It doesn't have to be a fancy feeder or a nicely sculpted bird bath, you could leave out some bread crusts or seeds for birds, squirrels tend to prefer nuts. To provide some water for your new friends, a shallow plate or tub of water will do nicely - just make sure it will be easy enough to get in and out of for the...

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