Rail travel is my favourite form of transport and always has been. I like its slower pace and the fact that on a long journey you can sit back, read or work, and watch the landscape unfold. Not only that but it’s one of the most environmentally friendly types of mass transport. So when I was asked to be one of the lead authors on a report outlining how the European Rail Network can support biodiversity along its 230,000 km length, I was happy to be involved! And that’s one of the main projects that I’ve been working on over the past 12 months, during which I’ve researched the literature, written and revised drafts, and learned a huge amount about the ecology of the rail network!
The report, which was formally released yesterday, was commissioned by the International Union of Railways (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer or UIC), founded in 1922 as the global industry body for rail transport. The writing and desk top research was led by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).
If you follow the link you can find out more about the European Railways: Strategies and Actions for Biodiversity report and download a PDF copy.
That’s not the end of my involvement, however: the next stage is a technical guide and I’m already starting to work on that. I will report back once it’s complete.