HomeOperationsEnvironmentNetwork Rail’s newt detectives

Network Rail’s newt detectives

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

The Great Crested Newt is a protected species that is often found in ponds, woodland or on grassland – and on railway construction sites.  Detecting the presence of these newts is therefore highly important if contractors are to obey the various laws that protect these animals.

To make that detection easier, Network Rail teams in Hitchin have used innovative methods – and two new recruits. Rocky and Arnie are the world’s first scientifically proven great crested newt detection dogs.

The dogs were trained for their careers following research and trials with Atkins, Wagtail UK and Natural England. As well as saving time and money, Rocky and Arnie can cover large areas much faster than workers on site and accurately detect any newts.

Steve Hughes, Network Rail.

After a good sniff on the railway and around the worksite, neither Rocky nor Arnie found any evidence of great crested newts, meaning the work can be carried out as planned.

Steve Hughes, programme director for Network Rail, said: “It’s amazing to see how quickly Rocky and Arnie managed to cover the worksite in Hitchin and check if there were any Great Crested Newts. This method will save valuable time and reduce delays to vital improvements to the railway.

“As we work to protect the environment and increase biodiversity near the railway, the detection dogs will help us protect Great Crested Newts, so they can then be moved to suitable habitats.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...
- Advertisement -

More news

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP