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Work is currently under way on Loe Bar near Porthleven to install new emergency outflow facilities, which will come into play when Helston is under threat from rising water levels in the River Cober and Loe Pool.
Adrian Spalding, as a national expert on the ecology of Loe Bar, has provided advice to the contractor BAM Nuttall Ltd to ensure that the wildlife of the Bar has been protected during these works in accordance with the requirements of Natural England. In particular, some of the vegetation has been successfully translocated under watching brief away from the work site at the north-western end of the Bar onto the central un-vegetated section, thus saving some of the wildlife from the excavations.
It is hoped that the rare Sandhill Rustic moth will have been translocated with the vegetation along with other wildlife species; the success of this part of the project will be monitored later in the year. Watch this space for future updates.