Monday, 2 April 2012

Toads moved for new Jaguar Land Rover plant


Thousands of toads are being moved this week to make way for a £350m Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) facility.
About 4,000 toads are at the i54 business park site on the Staffordshire-Wolverhampton border.
They will be moved into a wetland area created for them at the site in a scheme involving Staffordshire County Council and the area's wildlife trust.
The luxury carmaker, owned by Indian firm Tata, has said it was creating up to 750 jobs in the area.
'Very delicate'
JLR is investing to build low-emission engines.
About 20 volunteers from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust have come together for the initiative to move the toads.
County councillor Mark Winnington, cabinet member for environment and assets, said re-homing them was "a very delicate operation".
He said: "With such a large number amphibians at i54 South Staffordshire, this is a regionally important population and we need to make sure they are safe.

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