Time is running out to save Wales’ wildlife in Gwent. Please act now and tell the Welsh Government to drop their destructive plans for a new motorway – it only takes a few seconds!
WTSWW are supporting our neighbours, Gwent Wildlife Trust, in their campaign against a damaging, 14 mile-long, 6-lane wide motorway in south east Wales, and your help would be greatly appreciated.
The Welsh Government wants to bulldoze through the Gwent Levels to build a new 14-mile long, six-lane motorway. This proposed development will cost taxpayers of £1-2 billion and will only save 10 minutes in journey time. Yet it will destroy the home of otters, water voles, dragonflies, rare bees and wildflowers.
Iolo Williams, TV Presenter says:
“This road is going to destroy Sites of Special Scientific Interest – these are the jewels in the Welsh crown. This road is going to destroy habitat for otters, for water voles and for cranes which have nested on the Levels for the first time in 400 years! Let’s make sure the Welsh Government wakes up to its commitment to future generations. There are better and cheaper alternatives to this idiotic development.”
Recently, water voles have been discovered thriving across the Gwent Levels after bouncing back from extinction on the internationally-important wetlands of South Wales. Water Voles are the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent.
Unfortunately, this news comes at a time when the Welsh Government is due to announce a decision which will decide the fate of the Gwent Levels. A decision that, if they proceed with a new motorway, will cut across 6 protected wildlife havens and destroy a historic landscape.
Ian Rappel, Chief Executive of Gwent Wildlife Trust says:
“The fantastic success of the water vole reintroduction project is a wonderful testament to all the great efforts of volunteers and staff working to enhance the Gwent Levels for wildlife. This beautiful landscape is a nature-lover’s paradise and people really enjoy its peace and tranquility. But the success is bitter-sweet. If the new road gets the go-ahead billions will be spent destroying a very special place for the sake of saving ten minutes of commuting time.”
Ian Rappel continues:
“Gwent Wildlife Trust fought the new road proposals during the public enquiry – but now we need everyone who cares about nature to voice their concern about these destructive plans. We believe that Welsh Government should scrap the billion-pound-plus road and invest, instead, in a modern public transport system for the people of Wales.”
Please help Gwent Wildlife Trust stop the destruction of the historic and beautiful Gwent Levels.