DEVON County Council has been named by the Green Organisation as a National Green Hero for its work on the Barnstaple Western Bypass. Innovative environmental measures were used during construction of the bypass and Taw Bridge, including the creation of a

DEVON County Council has been named by the Green Organisation as a National Green Hero for its work on the Barnstaple Western Bypass.Innovative environmental measures were used during construction of the bypass and Taw Bridge, including the creation of a bat tunnel and willow barrier to preserve bat foraging corridors, mammal tunnels, improved mammal fencing and the translocation, storage and reinstatement of a saltmarsh.The council made available 17.7 acres of nearby land as a nature reserve before work started. Strict restrictions were placed on the contractor's method of working and noise and vibration levels were monitored. Species and habitat surveys were undertaken before and during construction and will continue for the next four years.The Barnstaple scheme has a string of credits, including the 2007 Green Apple gold award.