||<p>Network Rail has a statutory duty to ensure that the railways remain safe throughout
the year, and are therefore expected to intervene to address imminent safety risks
or hazards that present themselves at the lineside, whenever this may be the case.
As part of fulfilling this duty, Network Rail work with independent ecologists and
arborists to identify nesting birds and protected species before commissioning any
devegetation work, so that appropriate mitigation can be put in place to protect them
and minimise disturbance.</p><p> </p>