"A two-year monitoring of mammals, including predators, has completed in order to develop the best solution for safe crossing of railway tracks for animals. From 2020 to 2022, wildlife monitoring has been implemented in pre-construction phase in all four sections of the Rail Baltica route in Latvia. In the section from the Estonian and Latvian border to Vangaži, mammals were also observed with video cameras. During this period, the respective area was visited by variety of wildlife, including wild boars, deer, moose, bears, foxes, wolves, racoon dogs and lynxes, as well as small mammals like squirrels, hares, martens, and others," says accompanying text.
"By understanding where and how mammals move, we can develop solutions to influence the impact of projects on animal species," said Iveta Jēgere, RB Rail AS head of the territorial planning and environment.
The results of this two-year monitoring will be used to develop crossing points and suitable culverts during construction of the high-speed railway line that will connect the Baltic states to Central and Western Europe. According to current estimates, more than 40 large wildlife migration structures are planned along the 870-kilometer route.