THE country's rail network is providing "green corridors" for wildlife and creating havens for hundreds of species of birds and mammals, experts said today.
Now National Rail, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Mammals Trust UK, are jointly launching a free guide to watching wildlife from the train window.
The booklet, Tracking Wild Britain, is available from staffed railway stations and online.
It features 10 of the most popular train journeys in Britain, including the Leeds-Manchester Transpennine Express and Northern route which passes through the Huddersfield area.
Britain has a wealth of wildlife, with 220 species of bird and 65 species of mammal, and the guide describes some of the birds and animals rail travellers are most likely to see.
The aim is to show that travelling by train is good for the environment, that rail provides green corridors for wildlife and that train journeys can be fun, educational and interesting - encouraging more off-peak leisure travel.