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Wildlife Trust concerned at Tram threat to Nature Reserves

Wednesday 30th July

Wildlife Trust concerned at Tram threat to Nature Reserves

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is concerned that plans put forward for a tram extension to serve Kimberely and Eastwood could threaten the future of two if its nature reserves. The charity is concerned that both Kimberely Cutting and Watnall Cutting Nature Reserves could be damaged and has expressed its disappointment that no direct contact has beeen made to discuss the proposal before it was made public. Speaking about the news, Head of Communications Erin McDaid said, "We have cared for these sites for over 30 years and they provide valuable habitat for wildlife and an important area of greenspace for local residents. Whilst we support investment in sustainable transport, we fear that wildlife may have to make way, yet again, in the name of 'sustainablilty'. All too often in development decsions, particularly those relating to major infrastructure projects, the value of wild green spaces is disregarded".

Whilst the Wildlife Trust recognises that these plans are at an early stage, it is calling for full and open consultation. It also believes that any proposals must be backed by a thorough environmental assesment of all possible route options.

The charity expects to make further statements on this issue in the coming days.

To find out more about how Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust stands up for wildlife visit www/nottinghamshirewildlife.org/standing-up-for-wildlife

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