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.
– Andrew Mitchell, Project Environment Specialist for Network Rail
"An essential part of the re-development of the Borders Railway is to ensure that we are protecting species that have been integral to the Midlothian and Scottish Borders environment for many years.
"Although it is inevitable that a project of this scale will require some de-vegetation and other disturbance to make way for the new line, we are committed to working with SNH and SEPA in their regulatory capacity to make sure we work around important habitats and protected species or plants sensitively and, of course, appropriately."