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Our engineers rise to the wildlife challenge

23 October 2015

Keeping the Chalkhill Blue butterfly safe in Lincolnshire.

Our broadband engineers have been giving special care to rare butterflies and plants in environmentally-sensitive areas.

The efforts to safeguard wildlife came with advice from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust during the installation of fibre optic cables in two sites of special scientific interest.

The verges in the area of Copper Hill and Dukes Covert have a particularly rich limestone flora.

They are the last known Lincolnshire locality for the Chalkhill Blue butterfly. And they are also the most northerly point in Britain for the man orchid, whose flowers resemble a human shape.

Chalkhill Blue butterfly

The installation involved laying more than 6,000m of cable and ducting to bring high-speed broadband to around 70 properties in the village of Welby. Engineers used specialist equipment to minimise environmental damage.

Steve Henderson BT regional director for broadband partnerships, says: “Some things, like the local environment, are invaluable, so our engineers always work with care and consideration.

“We’re grateful to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for working with us and providing sound advice.”

And the trust’s John Watt thanked us for our help in protecting the sites.

“Your engineers could not have been more co-operative in helping to avoid damage to one of the county’s most important locations for scarce limestone flora,” he says.

“The experience gives us confidence in working with BT.”

The work was carried out on behalf of Onlincolnshire, the broadband partnership between Lincolnshire's councils and BT.

It announced this week that fibre broadband is now available to more than 125,000 homes and businesses across the county.