Badger habitat at a school site in Shanghai: preliminary relocation plan

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 Badger habitat at a school site in Shanghai: preliminary relocation plan


In April 2019, when the construction team demolished the original buildings on the school planning land, it was found that there were a group of badgers living in the semi abandoned bamboo forest training center in the plot. There are only about 30 badgers left in Shanghai.

On the one hand, there is no experience of badger migration at home and abroad for reference. On the other hand, the construction land of the school cannot be shut down all the time. From June to September 2019, Fengxian District Bureau of afforestation submitted two draft relocation plans for badgers to Shanghai Municipal Bureau of afforestation and city appearance, which failed. Last week, the latest version of the protection plan was submitted again.

On December 3, surging news reporters learned from Shanghai Administration of afforestation and city appearance that at present, there are preliminary plans for ecological restoration and artificial relocation of badger habitat in the construction area of schools outside the world, but they are still in the process of further improvement and refinement. After the scheme is finalized, experts opinions and suggestions shall be heard to reduce the migration risk and ensure that the ecological restoration of habitat meets the habitat requirements of badger.

Project shutdown after discovery of badger

It starts in 2018. In July of that year, Shanghai world foreign language school signed a contract with Fengxian to build Fengxian campus of world foreign language school.

Shanghai world foreign language school is the leader of Shanghai basic education school. According to the official data, Fengxian campus of world foreign language school is a consistent school from kindergarten to junior high school, which belongs to the worlds foreign direct school.

The planned school is located at No. 2398, Nanting Road, Fengxian District, with an investment of 546 million yuan and a total construction area of 55000 square meters, including a primary and secondary school teaching building, a library, a gymnasium, a dormitory building and a kindergarten. In the future, 52 classes are planned, including 16 kindergarten classes, 24 primary schools and 12 middle schools, with a total number of more than 1500 students.

In November 2018, Fengxian District Development and Reform Commission approved the proposal of the new project of Fengxian Shiwai, including teaching building, comprehensive building, canteen, gymnasium, sports ground, swimming pool and underground garage.

In April 2019, Fengxian District Planning and land administration announced the school plan. Fengxian District Education Bureau issued the project bidding announcement, with a construction period of 540 calendar days.

Demolition work has also begun. A large part of the schools planned land is the location of the bamboo forest training center in Zhuangxing Town, Fengxian District. According to the construction requirements, the original eight buildings in the bamboo training center must be demolished before the construction.

At this time, the construction team found that there were a group of badgers living in the semi abandoned bamboo training center yard.

According to the public information, badgers are widely distributed in Eurasia, burrowing and living in the night. They are listed as the key protected animals in Shanghai. At present, there are only about 30 badgers left in Shanghai.

All of a sudden, that month, Fengxian Shiwai project shut down.

Two draft badger migration plans failed

At the end of April 2019, entrusted by Fengxian District Education Bureau, Shanghai Museum of nature organized a group of professional investigation and formed the investigation report (hereinafter referred to as the report). According to media reports, the first draft of the investigation report shows that there are at least 12 badgers here through infrared camera observation, and the development and utilization of this habitat need to be cautious and cautious.

From Fengxian District, surging journalists learned that from June to September 2019, relevant departments of Fengxian District, Shanghai Administration of afforestation and city appearance, as well as experts from scientific research institutions held many consultation meetings.

A person who did not want to be named at the meeting told the surging news reporter that a preliminary proposal was reached at the meeting: to build a badger habitat on 80 mu of agricultural land in the south of the Fengxian school plot. As the Fengxian (local) Wildlife Education Center, the construction sequence of the Fengxian school should comply with the requirements of the construction and migration time of the badger habitat.

In other words, at least some of the badgers are moving.

However, even so, the pressure of migration is far beyond peoples imagination. The above participants told surging journalists that badgers do not listen to human beings, and as larger mammals, when caught, they will resist, even bite and flee. At present, there is no case of badger relocation at home and abroad for reference. In other words, no one knows what will happen if the relocation is forced.

On the other hand, badgers favorite environment includes: the available underground space for making holes, the bamboo forest with high growth, mature fruit forest, etc. to provide food, sufficient water, and keep away from the crowd. According to the preliminary survey, the existing badger habitat of the training center also took at least 20 to 30 years to form.

At the consultation, experts unanimously gave a conservative estimate: at least two years, it may take four to five years or more. Only after the evaluation and confirmation of the management department and relevant experts can the migration project be completed.

The surging news reporter learned from Fengxian District that in August and October 2019, Fengxian District Bureau of afforestation submitted two draft relocation plans to Shanghai Municipal Bureau of afforestation and city appearance management, none of which passed. The main reason for the failure lies in the dispute over whether the design of the migration destination is appropriate. Last week, the latest version of the protection plan was submitted again and is now awaiting approval.

Coordination of badger protection and school construction

On December 3, surging news reporters learned from Shanghai Administration of afforestation and city appearance that at present, there are preliminary plans for ecological restoration and artificial relocation of badger habitat in the construction area of schools outside the world, but they are still in the process of further improvement and refinement. After the scheme is finalized, experts opinions and suggestions shall be heard to reduce the migration risk and ensure that the ecological restoration of habitat meets the habitat requirements of badger.

According to the citys green city appearance Bureau, badger is the largest land-based wild mammal in Shanghai. In 1997, the first investigation of terrestrial wildlife resources in Shanghai found that badger lived in Zhuangxing Town, Fengxian District.

In April 2019, after learning that the site selection area of the world foreign language school construction project in Fengxian District overlaps with the existing badger habitat, the municipal green city appearance Bureau, together with the municipal ecological environment bureau, Fengxian Green City Appearance Bureau, Education Bureau and other units held a special meeting to study and discuss the coordination between badger protection and the construction of the world foreign language school. In view of the nature of the land in the site selection area of the overseas school belongs to the education land in the construction land, and the badger also lives and breeds in this area for a long time, we believe that in the era of five in one ecological civilization construction, the badger protection and the development of the education industry in Fengxian District are very important, and the two should be organically coordinated and balanced. According to the relevant person in charge of the Municipal Bureau of greening and city appearance, through the coordination between the construction of habitat protection and restoration of badger and the construction of foreign language schools in the world, we can not only protect badger, but also build schools outside the world, so as to realize the harmonious coexistence of human and nature. Source: surging news editor: Zhou Xinyi

In April 2019, after learning that the site selection area of the world foreign language school construction project in Fengxian District overlaps with the existing badger habitat, the municipal green city appearance Bureau, together with the municipal ecological environment bureau, Fengxian Green City Appearance Bureau, Education Bureau and other units held a special meeting to study and discuss the coordination between badger protection and the construction of the world foreign language school.

In view of the nature of the land in the site selection area of the overseas school belongs to the education land in the construction land, and the badger also lives and breeds in this area for a long time, we believe that in the era of five in one ecological civilization construction, the badger protection and the development of the education industry in Fengxian District are very important, and the two should be organically coordinated and balanced. According to the relevant person in charge of the Municipal Bureau of greening and city appearance, through the coordination between the construction of habitat protection and restoration of badger and the construction of foreign language schools in the world, we can not only protect badger, but also build schools outside the world, so as to realize the harmonious coexistence of human and nature.