National Highways partners with The Wildlife Trust for a £6 million Network for Nature programme that will improve habitats across the East of England.
Overall, twenty-six biodiversity projects aim to enhance, restore and create more than 1,700 acres (690 hectares) of woodlands, grasslands, peatlands and wetlands across every region of England, with 10 sitting in the East of England.
The projects include:
- A 4 year project on the Nene Valley nature reserves, bordered by the A45, will create scrapes, a sand martin bank and better wetlands for water birds. It will also improve floodplain capacity and carbon storage, with Highland cattle introduced to enhance conservation grazing creating wildlife habitat.
- Near the A12 in Suffolk, wetlands will be created at Carlton Marshes nature reserve and degraded arable land next to the River Waveney will be restored to a species-rich wetland full of life. Broadland dykes and wet grazing marsh will be restored, along with creating 20 new turf ponds.
- Along the A1M, a 4 year project will see the creation of a watery wildlife corridor for brown trout, endangered water voles and mayfly by restoring 2km along the River Lea. The river was altered for road building, industry and leisure, and creating reedbeds to improve wetlands.
- Rediscovering South Elmham Hall’s former 'ghost ponds' within the ancient deer park in Suffolk, and bringing them back to life as wildlife ponds.
- Over the A11 in Norfolk, National Highways be investigating the potential for a pilot scheme to convert an existing pedestrian bridge over the A11 to a green bridge, which would connect great crested newts to 2 County Wildlife Sites, including Silfield Newt Reserve.