Looking out for kingfishers
Our Highways team went the extra mile to help protect kingfishers nesting near one of our projects in Hampshire.
As preparations began to start maintenance works on the A303 the project team were made aware of a protected kingfisher nesting area near the road.
Kingfishers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, meaning that it would be illegal to intentionally disturb the birds during breeding season.
We visited the nesting area the next day with an ecologist to discuss a way forward that wouldn't impact on the protected birds. Both the delivery and environment teams agreed to delay the works until the kingfisher nesting season was over.
Hinkley Point C bat bridge
We gave some of the country’s rarest bats a new home following works at Hinkley Point C power station.
While undertaking essential preparation works for Hinkley Point C, certain protected species went in search of new places to live.
The partial removal of a particular treeline meant that navigation paths of barbastelle bats’ were disrupted. Barbastelles are extremely rare in Britain, with just five colonies identified in 2001.
A grant was given to enable the team to build a new habitat in an area of the site that bats, birds and reptiles call home. A bat bridge was constructed to allow the bats to move along their natural migration paths.
Creating this new habitat the team has eased the effects the works may of had on the barbastelle bats’ navigation paths and day-to-day movements.
We're working with Thames Water to reduce the impact on hedgehogs from utility works taking place on London Zoo’s carpark as part of HS2.
With hedgehog numbers falling, it’s important we do all we can to help them. It was crucial that utility works taking place close to Regent’s Park, where there is a breeding population, didn't impact the hedgehogs.
A bespoke hoarding was erected to cordon off the site from the surrounding habitats, ensuring that hedgehogs and other wildlife are protected.
Wildlife corridors are encouraging hedgehogs to try and move in to Regent’s Park and hedgehog nest boxes have been introduced.
By working collaboratively with the client and London Zoo, the team has put effective measures in place to ensure essential works do not impact the surrounding wildlife.
Bees are facing multiple threats, including habitat loss, climate change and pesticides.
As part of extension and refurbishment works to Manchester's Windmill Green the client wanted to create safe habits for local bee colonies. We introduced two hives and an apiary on the roof of the building, allowing the bees to thrive in an operating urban environment.
Regular ‘meet the bees’ sessions are held, where attendees can safely handle bees, honey-extracting workshops and informal discussions.
The hives contribute to a greener environment for the tenant and residents, and also create a positive impact on the surrounding ecosystem.