British Wildlife 11.4 April 2000

Wildlife on a branch line – a natural history of the railways

On the edge of Avenham Park in Preston, there is an  innocuous-looking path perched on the top of a wooded embankment. It leads to a bridge across the Riber Ribble, and then to a cycleway following the old Preston Junction branch line of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Armed with a little inside knowledge, I walked along this route last summer, looking in the cuttings for plants of hay meadows that had disspaeared from the riverside fields.

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