Wildlife habitat improved as part of road scheme

Highways Reporters

A nature reserve and section of river in Stafford will be improved to create better wildlife habitats as part of wider works to build a new relief road.

The habitat improvement at Doxey Marshes nature reserve, which is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) will involve lowering an area of land to create ideal wet-grassland nesting conditions for birds such as lapwing and redshank. It is being carried out as part of the mitigation measures for the Stafford Western Access Route. All designs have been created with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England. Doxey Marshes is managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and is a nationally important reserve for its birdlife.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said: “The Stafford Western Access Route will bring huge economic benefits to the county town and we’re pleased that in addition there will be environmental improvements which will allow wildlife to thrive. Doxey Marshes is well known for its rich wildlife, particularly birds, and these enhancements will further protect the SSSI. They are being carried out in partnership with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England to ensure we get the best results. In addition, the works will help to protect downstream areas from flooding which is good news for people and businesses in those areas.”

The project started this week and is set for completion by Christmas.
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