Wildlife habitats are being built in Warwickshire in preparation for Hs2.
Work at Finham Brook, Kenilworth, will begin in August with six new ponds being created and more than 6,000 trees and shrubs to be planted, to create new woodlands and support local wildlife.
This work is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
In a statement HS2 said that the scale of the overall conservation work alongside the new high-speed line is ‘unprecedented’.
The works at Finham Brook are being delivered by a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons, the enabling works contractor for the northern section of the phase one route.
HS2’s head of environment for Warwickshire Anthony Coumbe said, ‘The new habitats at Finham Brook will be the first of many to come between London and the West Midlands.
‘They will help us to care for the local environment and serve as a new home to wildlife affected by the future development of the railway.
‘We’ll relocate newts to the habitat next year, once it has become properly established, while other wildlife will start to use the area naturally over time.’