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COLLEGE WILDLIFE STUDENTS HELP PROTECT SURREY’S COUNTRYSIDE
Students studying wildlife
and conservation at Merrist Wood College in Worplesdon have been
working with rangers at the Surrey Wildlife Trust to help manage
The students, ranging
from 16 to 60 year olds, assisted with scrub clearing on both
Ockham Common near Wisley and Royal and Bagmoor Commons near Elstead.
Other work included management of heather and creating bare ground
for wet heathland plants.
The students have been
studying wildlife management as part of their course and the conservation
work helps to provide important habitat for endangered wildlife
such as sand lizards, nightjars and woodlarks.
Ranger Fiona Haynes
commented “It was a really important contribution to the
management of the area”. Wildlife and Conservation Tutor
Ron Hills added “This has provided the students with a very
valuable experience. Partnerships with conservation organisations
are very important in helping students develop skills and gain
employment on completion of their course”.
Merrist Wood College
offers a wide range of full and part-time Wildlife, Conservation
and related courses. For further information please contact the
College on 01483 884040 or visit www.merristwood.ac.uk
What a difference a
day makes: Wates helps SWT improve its teaching facilities
An army of sixty employees from Wates,
the Surrey-based construction company, helped Surrey Wildlife
Trust (SWT) improve its Educational Nature Reserves at Nower Wood
(near Leatherhead) and Bay Pond (near Godstone) last month (Friday
24 June). The teams set to work re-siting a bird hide from Nower
Wood to Bay Pond and stormed through a long list of invaluable
works to the reserves for which they kindly provided some of the
material. The improved facilities will enhance the experience
of the 1,800 students who come to Bay Pond each year to learn
Roger Granby, SWT Reserve Manager,
said: “A visit from Wates is a big day for Surrey Wildlife
Trust’s Educational Department, all those little –
and not so little – jobs that we would do, if we only had
the time, have been done, providing an even better experience
for our school groups.”Wates is a very supportive honorary
corporate partner of SWT, having helped with conservation work
and maintenance of offices at Norbury Park as well as creating
a new pond at Nower Wood.
To find out how your business
can help Surrey Wildlife Trust contact Colin Greenwood on 01483
795441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: SWT chairman Ron Pritchard presents Tim Wates,
family director, and his team with their honorary partner certificate.
Powerful new partnership will help protect
UK Power Networks is going into partnership
with the nine Wildlife Trusts in its distribution areas, including
Surrey Wildlife Trust to help preserve and develop wildlife habitats.
The company manages Britain’s
biggest power networks using 170,000 kilometres of underground cables
and overhead lines and more than 130,000 substations to deliver
electricity to eight million homes and businesses across the East
of England, South East and London.
Colin Greenwood (Surrey
Wildlife Trust Business Relations Executive) presents a Gold Corporate
Partnership Certificate to Jennifer Backstrom (UK Power Networks
Environmental Advisor based in Guilford) as Heather Patrick (UK
Power Networks Sustainability Officer) looks on
As part of the new arrangement, UK
Power Networks is supporting each Trust financially and intends
to arrange 27 employee team day events each year, three for each
wildlife trust. Teams of employee volunteers will help the trusts
with activities such as coppicing and digging drainage trenches.
UK Power Networks sustainability manager
Clive Steed said: “We employ about 5,500 staff who are always
keen to help local causes and strengthen links within the communities
we serve, and we also want to offer these employees volunteering
and learning opportunities.
“In the past our employees have
been pleased to help local wildlife trusts with individual projects
and this new partnership will raise our commitment to the next level.
The partnership is just one of many ways in which UK Power Networks
is planning to help look after the environment.”
Colin Greenwood, Surrey Wildlife Trust
business relations executive, added: “By becoming a Gold Corporate
Partner we are delighted that UK Power Networks is supporting the
work of Surrey Wildlife Trust - safeguarding endangered wildlife
and conserving and regenerating a diverse array of habitats
- whilst giving their staff and local people the opportunity
to learn about and enjoy their natural environment in Surrey”.
This is part of a wider initiative from UK Power Networks, which
takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. All employees
must consider the impact of their activities on the environment
and sustainability, adhering to all wildlife legislation.
Specifically UK Power Networks asks
Not to attempt works that are likely
to damage a nest or cause birds to desert a nest.
To seek advice from an environmental
representative if they suspect their work location is near a badger
To obtain guidance from an ecologist
if planning work within 500 metres of a pond.
Check for any protected species
of plants before commencing work.
Look out for bat roosts and dormice nests to minimise disturbance
when trimming trees to keep them clear of overhead power lines.
UK Power Networks is also one of the
forerunners in the industry when it comes to recycling road waste,
having managed to cut the amount sent to landfill sites by its maintenance
contractors from 80% to 3% over the last four years. The final 3%
consists mainly of contaminated materials which cannot currently
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