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Work to re-build the Borders railway line is now underway, but while bridges are built and tracks are laid, construction workers need to think about protecting the local wildlife.
The track crosses over the River Tweed, which is home to otters, protected fish and a variety of flowers.
Jenny Longden has been visiting the site to find out what is being done to keep them safe:
The Tweed viaduct crossing the River Tweed is an area of special conservation under EU regulations, due to the presence of protected species.
Brook Lampreys and Atlantic salmon can be seen in this stretch of the river, and protected flowers and plants grow on the banks.
Network Rail are working with Environmental Groups, such as SEPA, to make sure they disturb wildlife as little as possible while building the Waverley line.
Team members working on the new Borders Railway are working hard to protect the local wildlife situated along the new route line.
Barn owls, otters and badgers are among some of the species being protected by a project aimed at reducing the impact and disturbance to animal habitats during construction.
Some if the work already carried out includes providing local barn owls with an alternative nest box and protecting badger setts.