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Birds helped by tweeters

Electricity workers channelled their energy to support the conservation work of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

From Press releases - 23 October 2019 12:00 AM

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Members of UK Power Networks’ social media and call centre teams in Ipswich spent the day at Newbourne Springs clearing a meadow, which is an essential annual task to preserve the wooded valley.

The nature reserve is home to a variety of birds including nuthatch, treecreeper, goldcrest and all three kinds of woodpecker, while the volunteer work will also help insects and grass snakes.

Michael Strand, Suffolk Wildlife Trust Community Fundraising Manager: "Our long-established ‘Green Team‘ day program provides all year-round opportunities for businesses to engage their employees with Suffolk’s stunning natural world.
“It’s one of the ways Suffolk-based businesses can work with us to actively engage their staff with their local environment and all the benefits that brings."
Luke Cowley, who answers customers’ queries on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, said: “It’s an area I walk my dog near so I approached the Trust to see how we could potentially help them.
“We were delighted to be able to help improve the fen meadow by raking and forking away thick vegetation so that more flowering plants can be seen next year.
“For us it was a great teambuilding exercise and it was pleasing to hear our contribution mattered - the work we did in a single day would have taken staff and volunteers three times that long to do. It’s fantastic UK Power Networks gives us the time to do something like this.

“We would certainly be interested in doing it again next year and in the meantime I’ll be checking out the meadow on my walks to see how the flora and fauna develops through the seasons.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the East, South East and London, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community.

The company has a partnership with nine Wildlife Trusts across the areas it serves. Suffolk Wildlife Trust manages the Newbourne site on behalf of its owners.