• Dormouse bridge across railway line could help save endangered species- England

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by David Benton
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ed-species

"Measuring 12 metres long and just 30cm wide, it’s a bridge of miniature proportions.
But it is hoped that the square metal tube – set to become the first “dormouse bridge” across a UK railway – could help to save Britain’s endangered wild hazel dormouse population from extinction."
  by lpetrich
Wildlife bridges and tunnels are very successful at preventing vehicle-wildlife collisions, and this dormouse bridge is only a recent one of them.

Naturalists demand wildlife bridge for Las Vegas rail line - Los Angeles Times
The proposed rail project, which would occupy the center divider of Interstate 15, calls for the construction of a 6-foot-high concrete barrier to keep vehicles from careening into trains as they hurtle through the desert at speeds close to 200 mph. The barrier, however, would also prevent animals from making an already perilous crossing of the freeway.

A coalition of conservation groups is demanding that the rail developer, Brightline West of Miami, include a wildlife overcrossing in its project plans because of its potential effects on bighorn sheep, a fully protected mammal under state law, and mountain lions, a candidate for listing as a state threatened species.

The request has sparked a surprising showdown between naturalists and advocates of emissions-free technology.