HS2 biodiversity impact greater than claimed, says Natural England

Natural England says ancient woodland and SSSIs should be removed from HS2’s biodiversity impact calculations and that the rail link will affect more habitat than has been claimed

Some 30 hectares of ancient woodland will be lost as a result of HS2. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RFMore biodiversity will be lost due to the development of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail link than predicted, according to Natural England.

HS2 adapted DEFRA’s biodiversity offsetting metric to create its own ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ metric to account for its impacts on nature. But Natural England pointed out flaws in the approach in a report published on 9 November.

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