High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that High Speed Two will not affect the bird nesting season.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to intentionally kill or injure a bird. High Speed Two must demonstrate how it is ensuring that the project does not affect birds during the nesting season.

High Speed Two and its contractors have ecology technical standards, which set out how they will reduce risk if work is needed in the bird breeding season. This includes producing an appropriate working method statement in advance of the work commencing and supervision provided by the Ecological Clerk of Works.


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