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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Giant ants' nests given special building protection

Insects' towering structures will be safeguarded during timber removal process in Northumberland woodland.

The forestry Commission's Jonathan Farries checks the GPS settings on one of the rare giant ant nests in the Holystone forest. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

A rare British "skyscraper city" made by ants has been given the equivalent of listed building protection and a place on maps to safeguard it from forestry work.

Nests up to two metres (7ft) high, constructed from millions of conifer needles in Northumberland woodland, will be monitored during the felling of "intrusive" 20th century conifers amid the ancient oaks of Holystone, near Rothbury.

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