We were very pleased to welcome Paul and Gino from the construction firm Galliford Try to Belmont this afternoon. They came in to talk to the children in Sambar and Taruca about the importance of ecology and biodiversity. The firm is constructing a road near the A1, and they explained to the children how their company protects the habitats of birds, animals and plants.
Nesting birds, badgers and the great crested newt are legally protected species that are particularly vulnerable in our area. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid disturbance to habitats and Paul explained how they try to mitigate any damage. For example they carefully select the time of year to build to avoid breeding seasons and provide bird boxes or new setts for the badgers if necessary. They also ensure they collect the newts from off the sites and move them to a safer area outside the perimeter.
Paul went on to talk about some of the other legally protected species and the importance of biodiversity. He also suggested ways in which we can help our own environment - by building bug hotels, planters and hibernaculums for example.
We would like to say thank you to both Paul and Gino for a very interesting and informative visit which the children thoroughly enjoyed.