A team of volunteers from house building specialist, Kier Homes, donned their wellies and became wardens for a day when they lent a hand at The Lodge Nature Reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire yesterday.
The group of enthusiastic staff spent a strenuous day working alongside volunteers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), as they attempted to restore an area of heathland to its former glory.
Having removed a considerable amount of unwanted birch that previously blighted the landscape, it is hoped that species of breeding woodlarks, nightjars and Dartford warblers will once again be encouraged to make the site their home.
Nick Moore, deputy managing director for Kier Homes, said: “Kier has a long-standing partnership with the RSPB and has even produced a best practice guide to help the industry reduce its impact on wildlife and their habitats. The ethos of making a positive difference extends all the way up to our head office so it was great to see our team putting that into practice and getting stuck in for such a worthwhile cause.”
Mark Brandon, visitor and publicity manager at RSPB The Lodge nature reserve, added: “We were delighted to welcome staff from Kier Homes to the reserve yesterday. Over the last ten years, the RSPB has been working to restore the heathland from a former conifer plantation and, recently, heather that was lost has begun to bloom. The team should feel proud to have made a real contribution to the ongoing success of this project.”
The Lodge Nature Reserve protects the largest area of heathland in Bedfordshire, as well as acid grassland and woodland along the Greensand Ridge.