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Why have staff from the National Trust (NT) been suggesting the short Stonehenge tunnel would be beneficial for wildlife?

It is proposed that only a little over half of the present road would be inside a tunnel – the remainder either side would be converted into four lanes of traffic travelling much faster through the World Heritage Site (WHS). And to quote a National Road Death Survey dating from the early part of this century: “High traffic speed increased the likelihood of many mammal species, including fox, badger and roe deer, and also the tawny owl, falling victim to vehicles as it reduces the time available for drivers and animals to react to danger.” This supposed ‘benefit’ projected onto the short tunnel depends then on which side of the National Trust fence the wildlife happens to be on!

Big Brown Hare, Jane Tomlinson, Meritage Action

Big Brown Hare, Jane Tomlinson, Heritage Action

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