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Paddington Volunteers Support London Wetland Centre

7 October 2015

A team of Costain volunteers from C336 Paddington New Yard recently helped out at the WWT London Wetland Centre nature reserve in west London, raising awareness about biodiversity in support of Wildlife Week.

The London Wetland Centre in Barnes is close to the heart of the capital, just 10 minutes from Hammersmith, and is a haven of tranquillity for wildlife. Run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, it depends on volunteers to maintain this vital habitat.

The volunteers included Melinda Bhartti, Environment Advisor; Tracey Taylorson, Community Relations Manager; Gareth Nicholson, Assistant Project Accountant and Francesca Loader, Summer Placement Engineer.

The volunteers helped out by restoring the edge of a pond by laying a new coir roll edge in one of the centre’s bird exhibits, staking and tying it down and then backfilling the old area with topsoil.

The volunteers also heard from the London Wetland Centre team about the importance of protecting species and biodiversity, as well as the work that they do to identify and counter threats to the survival of the wetlands and their wildlife.

“It was a brilliant day. Everyone gained a better understanding of the work the London Wetland Centre does to conserve wetlands and wetland species, both in the UK and globally,” said Melinda.

The Trust greatly appreciated the contribution from an enthusiastic group. The London Wetland Centre’s Volunteering Manager, David Cowmeadow, said:

“Many thanks to everyone from Costain for your hard work with the coir pond edge restoration. You did a great job and the wardens are delighted with what was achieved. We believe that the saving of wetlands across the globe is vital for life itself and we are encouraging people in all walks of life to help us save wetlands for wildlife and people, through engaging their local communities and raising much needed funds along the way.”

For more information about the London Wetland Centre in Barnes, please click here.


Pictured from left: Costain's Melinda Bhartti, Francesca Loader, Tracey Taylorson and Gareth Nicholson.




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