Hereford: England's answer to New Zealand
You don't have to go far to realise that the rest of England has been over-developed. Even the Lake District is heaving with tourists and cut through by motorways. A drive up the M40 reveals dead red kites, as they get run over trying to eat the carrion on the road. (Probably other dead kites).
The environment is Herefordshire is free from noise and light pollution. There is NO SMOG! The river Wye is a truly amazing wildlife corridor, where species rare in the rest of the country, thrive.
This Bypass seriously threatens this delicate balance.
Research from the RSPB shows that in the last 10 years rural development has resulted in a 90% fall in hedgehogs, a 37% reduction in ground nesting birds, and an overall fall of 48% of the bird population across the county.
The area where the Bypass is proposed is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The bird life is incredible, and it is famed for its peregrine falcons (pictured).
The road will destroy and blight heritage orchards. Historic tree cultivars that have been preserved by the Pippin Trust will be lost and those left standing will be polluted, compromising them and the biodiversity that depends on them. These old orchards are known as ‘the rain forest of England’ because the biodiversity that lives under their canopy is so rich.
Both the road and the associated pollution will see a quick end to the birds, as well as other river dwelling species that are supposed to be protected.
The salmon (only starting to regenerate), otters, kingfishers, bats and bees are amongst many of the important species that will be damaged by this road.
So, why would you like people to visit Hereford? Ease of freight access? Or thriving countryside?