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Wildlife idea clearly on right tracks
8:59am Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
A PIONEERING project to protect wildlife near to railway tracks in York has been hailed a real success story.
Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, met the people involved in the initiative, which is focused on railway land off Bootham.
Residents had been concerned about the old tree population and overgrown trackside vegetation causing safety and operational problems on the York to Scarborough line.
Railtrack asked independent environmental consultants ADAS to come up with a long-term solution and the Bootham Project 2025 was born.
As a consequence of tree thinning work, the bird population has increased and last year saw the hatching and rearing of tawny owls.
Mr Bayley said: “Bootham Project is a real success story.
“It shows what can be achieved when residents work together with rail companies.
“The residents are enjoying caring for the wildlife and the railway is a safer place so it’s a win, win, situation all round.”