Argyll and Bute doing their part to improve bio-diversity

30 June 2009

Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP has welcomed Argyll and Bute Council’s positive moves to improve bio diversity in their area.

It comes after the MSP wrote to councils throughout the Highlands and Islands about their roadside verge trimming policy. 

Mr Peacock said: “It great to hear that Argyll and Bute Council are actively looking at their policy on trimming roadside verges. 

“My correspondence with Stewart Turner, Head of Roads and Amenities with the authority, has revealed that they have been looking at ways to improve biodiversity, while maintaining road safety since earlier this year. 

"Failing destroys roadside wildlife environments and impacts on insects and birds. 

"Intensive modern farming methods have also meant that roadside verges have become much more important as wildlife environments.“

Mr Peacock added: “Several councils in the UK have now introduced policies to improve biodiversity on their roadside verges. 

"Argyll and Bute Council are now among them now, and should be congratulated in helping Honey Bees and other pollinators, which are currently under huge threat.”



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