Bex and Dan are on a road trip finding out what makes a great road. Driving in the countryside has got them thinking about how we share our roads with nature!
This is the A21 Lamberhurst bypass. Drive on it and you’ll see a very special feature – a green bridge!
It’s a wildlife land bridge.
It’s just like a normal bridge but is designed to fit seamlessly into the countryside, using grasses and flowers to provide protection along the sides. As well as screening the main road underneath, it’s helping animals, like voles, reptiles and even a very rare type of dormouse, to cross safely rather than having to battle with traffic on the dual carriageway.
It’s not just beautiful – nature is of vital importance to the ecology, and the best roads make room for wildlife in all its shapes and forms.
Did you know that there are over three hundred thousand miles of rural roads in the UK? Grassy verges run along the edges of most roads, providing a habitat for THOUSANDS of species of animals and plants.
Over 700 species of wild flowers grow on road verges – that’s nearly half of all the flower species that grow in the UK.