Transport bosses have said the discovery of a gull’s nest will not disrupt work to improve a notorious city roundabout.
A £30 million Scottish Government-backed improvement scheme will see a new link road built to take pressure off the Haudagain roundabout.
As reported in yesterday’s Evening Express, work has started to tear down 127 flats on Logie Avenue as part of the works.
A seagull’s nest was discovered in one of the 30 buildings during the demolition works which started on Wednesday.
Contractors will have to avoid flattening the building at present by working on the other buildings until the birds have vacated the site. But transport bosses say it will have “no impact” on the overall demolition programme.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The presence of wildlife is not uncommon when undertaking work on major projects.
“Work has been planned to avoid this nest and there will be no impact to the overall demolition programme.
“Transport Scotland takes ecological issues seriously, employing an ecological clerk of works who will continue to provide advice to the project team where required.”
The flats have been boarded up for some time as the residents moved out ahead of the demolition.
Dubbed the Haudagain bypass, the project will be financed by Transport Scotland and allow motorists to drive from North Anderson Drive directly to Auchmill Road.
The demolition is expected to last around four months before the construction work can start.
Construction on the road improvements will begin once the AWPR is completed in late autumn.
Scottish SPCA national wildlife rescue centre manager Colin Seddon said: “It is illegal to remove a bird nest that is in use or under construction.
“You can remove a nest once the nesting season is over, however, the length of this season will depend on the species of bird.
“Birds nest throughout spring and summer and some birds will nest more than once during that time.”