Wildlife on the move
PUBLISHED: 20:00 23 January 2012
WILDLIFE living near the motorway is on the move in preparation for a series of road improvements.
North Somerset Council says it is being ‘sensitively’ moved prior to the plans for the area next to junction 21 for Weston.
Badger and reptile exclusion fencing has been installed along the southeast and southwest verges of the M5 roundabout in order to gradually move the wildlife before the work begins.
Natural England granted North Somerset Council a licence to install the exclusion fencing and this work was completed in advance of the badger breeding season.
Immediately after the breeding season, one-way badger exclusion gates will be installed so that the badgers can safely move away from the construction areas and not return.
The exclusion fencing and gates will stay in place until the construction starts.
The junction 21 improvements include road widening to increase the capacity of traffic flow at the roundabout, a dedicated lane on the A370 outbound approach to the roundabout and signals to improve access to and from the M5 motorway and the A370.