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Press release: Project ‘setts’ up new home for badgers near M6

first_imgThe Road Investment Strategy (RIS) states that by 2020 Highways England must reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity, and by 2040 it must deliver a net gain in biodiversity.The RIS also includes a ring-fenced environment fund of some £300 million to cover the period of 2015 to 2020, which includes funds for biodiversity projects.Elsewhere, a new otter fence has been installed on the A64 in Yorkshire to prevent the animals crossing the road which could result in incidents and delays.We’ve also joined forces with Stover Country Park and Devon County Council to deliver a giant reedbed filter system which will help to keep water clean at Stover Lake and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. The sustainable scheme, also supported by Natural England, is designed to capture and filter water run-off from the A38, nearby industrial sites and farmland before it enters the lake.Work on the M6 motorway upgrade is set to be completed by March 2020.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. It’s really important that as we work to improve people’s journeys, we also protect the environment. We knew from our extensive surveys that we had a family of badgers living next to the motorway and, as a protected species, we needed to relocate the animals with as little distress as possible. As with any scheme, we worked closely with specialist consultants to build the animals a new habitat that would replicate their former surroundings. We do everything we can to ensure the local environment is protected throughout the programme of works. The badgers have settled in well to their new home and we’re pleased to be able to play a part in protecting wildlife near the major road network of England. The species is protected by law, and the project team needed to ensure the animals could be relocated to new accommodation so that work could start on the vital upgrade, which will improve journeys for the 120,000 drivers who use this busy route every day.So specialist teams set about designing and building a new badger sett from scratch. The result was a new home spanning 10 metres and comprising four nesting chambers and connecting pipes. The new sett is dug into the ground to replicate, as far as possible, typical excavations associated with badgers.Smart motorway project sponsor Peter Smith said:last_img read more

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Judge calls for second expert to evaluate Austin Harrouff in deadly face-biting attack

first_imgA judge in Florida has granted a motion to have a second mental health expert evaluate Austin Harrouff who is accused of fatally attacking a couple outside their home and chewing off part of the man’s face back in August of 2016.Earlier this month, a health expert for the state agreed with a defense expert’s assessment that Harrouff was insane when he attacked the couple.Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr. said this will be the only time he’ll grant permission for prosecutors to have a second expert evaluate Harrouff, who was 19 when the attacks happened.last_img

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BYC President Konneh: We never gave any bribe to Kotoko players

first_imgPresident of Liberian football club Barrack Young Controllers(BYC),Professor Sekou Konneh has rubbished claims of bribery allegation n their CAF Champions League win over Asante Kotoko on  Sunday.The Liberian club scored late to progress in the Champions League on the away goals rule having been beaten 2-1 in the first leg against the Ghanaian champions.Rumours fast gaining grounds in Ghana however suggests that goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama was compromised with a bribe before the Sunday’s match in Monrovia.Officials of the Liberian club are alleged to have handed a $3000 bribe to goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye to throw the game by conceding a cheeky goal.But BYC President Professor Konneh has debunked these unsubstantiated claims – saying Kotoko lost the game fair and square.BYC are only making a debut appearance in the CAF Champions League following their domestic league triumph last season. The club have now attracted the attention of the world following their progress in Africa’s flagship club competition at the expense of the renowned Ghanaian giants who have failed to successive campaigns to get into the group stage of the Champions League.last_img read more

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