BUTTERFLY and bee numbers in Harefield will severely decrease if HS2 goes ahead, according to a wildlife photographer.
Ayub Khan said he has already noticed numbers declining in recent years and believes HS2 will make the problem worse.
“If HS2 goes ahead the wildlife in surrounding woods will slowly disappear,” said Mr Khan, who lives in Evelyn Avenue, Ruislip. “If we keep taking away their habitat they will go into further decline.”
Last week, he spotted groups of tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies on the slopes above the Grand Union Canal, close to Park Lane, and hopes the sightings point to an increase.
He said: “I saw them fluttering around the fields in front of The Old Orchard pub.
“I had gone there to photograph the sunset and the changing of views from winter to spring.
“Bumblebees were also hovering around the area, which was really nice to see. I was very happy to see them in numbers and I’ll be keeping an eye on them over the next few weeks as temperatures increase.”
Mr Khan, who works with the Butterfly World Project conservation programme, in St Albans, said Harefield is his favourite spot to photograph landscapes, and he hopes to start a beginners class at The Old Orchard.
“The landscape there is stunning so it’s an ideal place for people to try out photography,” he said.
HS2 is routed to cut across the Harefield lakes right through the middle of the popular view across the Colne Valley from the edge of the village.