Whilst HS2 would say they have a legal right to enter our reserve and clear areas of rich wildlife habitat, we would have expected them to inform us that they were planning to move in with chainsaws imminently, rather than us find out from concerned members of the public.
It is absolutely nonsensical for irreversible works of destruction to take place whilst the whole of the HS2 project is being reviewed. The works should be stopped immediately and the Oakervee Review into HS2 be allowed to report back before any decision is made of whether clearance works should take place.
Over the last 50 years, this 20 hectare open-water habitat has become a haven for large numbers of overwintering waterfowl and waders. During winter you can watch the comings and goings of the resident birdlife, such as mallard, tufted duck and pochard. In the shallower areas of the lake you can glimpse the scarcely seen bittern, perfectly camouflaged against the papery reeds.
All five UK hairstreak butterfly species have been recorded at Calvert Jubilee. This makes the area extremely unique in Britain.