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Tuesday, 2 October, 2001, 06:04 GMT 07:04 UK
Nuclear site goes natural
Harwell
The Harwell site is an area of outstanding beauty
A former nuclear research site in Oxfordshire is being transformed into a thriving natural habitat.

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority base is currently being converted from a nuclear research centre into a business park.

Local ecology is being used to shape the site and conserve natural habitats.

The area of outstanding natural beauty at Harwell near Didcot includes 260 hectares (640 acres) of grassland, wetland, wooded areas and formal landscapes.

Species flourish

The developers have been advised by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) how best to promote the natural diversity and to make sure certain species flourish.

Butterflies, lapwing, grey partridges and woodpeckers have all been spotted on the site.

A rare bee orchid colony was also discovered there in June.

Harwell has undertaken a programme to plant groups of orchids to develop more colonies.

Earlier this year Harwell achieved the international environmental management accreditation.


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