On the railways (2015)

I spent a happy couple of days mooching along the railway line near Wigan looking for potential bat roost trees, ponds and any other features of potential nature conservation interest to support a Network Rail project.  I was accompanied by a professional railwayman at all times and was surprised to find myself completely blase as the trains thundered past at 125mph – I had thought it would be terrifying, but obviously Phil is used to providing a reassuring presence 🙂

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There were plenty of nice trees about and also great swathes of Himalayan balsam and patches of Japanese knotweed.  The area will now come into treatment for invasive species which has got to be a good thing.


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