Making a positive impact on the area in which we work does not have to be a labour and cost intensive exercise. Here we outline the ways in which the team working on our project at Avalon Marshes National Nature Reserve, near Glastonbury in Somerset made a big impact on the resident wildlife using recycled materials.
Kier Utilities were contracted by Natural England to improve the sewage system used by the buildings at the reserve with minimal adverse effect on wildlife. Whilst onsite, the team wanted to find ways in which they could help enrich the already established habitat for wildlife in the area. Working with Natural England, the project team identified a number of ways in which they could help make enhancements to the area that would benefit a range of birds, bats, lizards and amphibians.
At the outset of construction, the vegetation and logs that needed to be cleared for the project were carefully moved out of the working area and arranged to create new habitats for any small wildlife that were found during the works. Throughout this part of the project, the team were able to rescue and relocate a small group of grass snakes as well as a number of frogs and toads.
The team also used waste wood from the project that would have otherwise been discarded to build bird and bat nesting boxes that were installed across the reserve. In total three owl and six bat boxes were donated.
These boxes are now being monitored by the Natural England team in the hope that they will help promote growth in a range of species in the area.
The project team really enjoyed working to help enhance the local wildlife habitats and show that making a positive impact on the environment doesn’t have to come with a big budget.