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GPS used to preserve ants' nests

Date : 4th November 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Conservationists in Northumberland have used satellite technology to pinpoint 69 rare ants' nests before work to fell thousands of trees begins. The nests, made of conifer needles, are home to the hairy northern wood ant. The Forestry Commission is removing 10,000 tonnes of conifer planted in the 20th Century to restore the area to its ancient roots as an oak wood. Foresters will be provided with the nests' GPS co-ordinates to ensure they do not damage them.

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