TG2712 : Stacks of newt buckets

taken 3 years ago, near to New Rackheath, Norfolk, Great Britain

Stacks of newt buckets
Stacks of newt buckets
At Gazebo Farm. Before construction work commenced, hundreds of metres of low green plastic fencing had been put up to contain the rare and protected Great crested newts inhabiting the surrounding area. Buckets containing food were placed along the barriers and checked daily by ecologists. Any newts having fallen into these live traps were then relocated to new habitats, with Natural England overseeing the safe removal. By mid-June, more than 340 great crested newts are reported to have been relocated together with 450 smooth newts, about 850 toads, 90 frogs and an assortment of reptiles and mammals. Even a sniffer dog had been brought in to assist for the duration of one week. The operation would now seem to have run its course.
The Northern Distributor Road (NDR)
Work for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) - which has since been renamed the Broadland Northway - started on 4 January 2016, with preliminary work including the clearance of vegetation, archaeology, utility service diversions and some drainage lagoon excavations, to be continued in 2016. Along the route there will be nine roundabouts and nine main structures including an overpass taking the A140 (Cromer Road) over the NDR. Slip roads connecting to the dual carriageway via two roundabouts will have to be constructed, along with six bridges, one taking the NDR over the Marriotts Way long distance footpath, another at Bell Farm and over the A140 road, Buxton Road, Newman Road and Middle Road. Two bridges will carry the NDR over the Norwich to Sheringham railway line and Plumstead Road, south of Rackheath.

Once complete, the 20km (12.5 miles) dual carriageway, running from the A47 road at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, is predicted to take thousands of vehicles a day off "unsuitable" roads in and around Norwich, but some people doubt whether the road will have the desired effect. Supporters say that it will be a shot in the arm for the economy and reduce rat-running, whereas critics fear it will increase traffic and pollution while causing swathes of countryside to be concreted over. The 178.5m project is expected to be complete in early 2018, and indeed its last section was opened on time, in the morning of 17 April. The new road has been assigned the number A1270.

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Saturday, 23 July, 2016   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 23 July, 2016
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Construction, Development 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2773 1278 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:39.8920N 1:21.9795E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2773 1279
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