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Protecting birds while Dorset pipeline laid
2:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Funding has been provided to a bird project in Dorset so declining farmland birds can be protected while a new pipeline is laid.
Wessex Water will begin work in January to construct 64km of water main, from Corfe Mullen to Salisbury in Wiltshire, so that water can be moved around its region to meet demand for the next 25 years. To ensure work causes minimal impact on the environment, the firm has partnered with the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project, so it can work closely with farmers along the new pipeline route to protect some of the UK’s rarest farmland bird species.
The farmland birds, known as the Arable Six, include grey partridge, lapwing, turtle dove, yellow wagtail, tree sparrow and corn bunting.
Mark Doughty, principal ecologist for Wessex’s Water’s engineering and construction department, explained that it was important Wessex Water did all it could to reduce its impact on the environment while the work was taking place. “Building a long-distance water main through an area designated as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty certainly presents a challenge, but through the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project, we hope that we can also use the opportunity to give a real boost to numbers of farmland birds and other wildlife.”
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