The proposed HS2 route through South Yorkshire and Derbyshire will destroy or damage several areas of natural beauty and sites of ecological importance, according to two campaign groups.
The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham and the Campaign to Protect Rural England have both decided to oppose government plans to bring HS2 to the region.
A dozen local wildlife sites have been identified as being at risk of being affected by the route following analysis by Trust staff.
Chief executive Liz Ballard said: “The proposed route would cause significant, in some cases, irreparable damage to designated wildlife sites, including the loss of irreplaceable ancient woodland habitat. Currently we cannot see any gain for wildlife from this proposal and so have decided to oppose this development.”
Andrew Wood of CPRE, added: “The HS2 route will slice huge embankments and cuttings through some of the last remaining open, quiet landscapes in South Yorkshire and North-East Derbyshire.”