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Site management of our landholdings

We own hundreds of sites and many landholdings across the region. These range from the smallest pumping station to the land on which a major sewage treatment works is built.

Otterhead woodlandIn addition, we also own sections of land around our water supply sites for source protection purposes. We recognise that we have a responsibility to conserve and enhance this land for biodiversity and this is reflected in our Biodiversity Action Plan. Our aims for the management of our land are to:

  • have a biodiversity-rich landholding, while contributing to the wider region’s biodiversity
  • work to halt or reverse biodiversity loss where it occurs on company land.

Our landholding represents a considerable resource for biodiversity. It consists of many different habitats which are home to a wide variety of species, for example:

  • chalk grassland sites in Wiltshire
  • heathland habitat within Dorset
  • open water, marsh and Fen within Somerset
  • ancient woodland around Bath.

Some of our sites enjoy the very highest levels of protection under UK and European law due to the quality of habitat and we are continually working to maintain these sites. We own nearly 300 hectares of land designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and manage this so that we meet the national target set by the Government to maintain 95% of these sites in favourable condition by 2020. To do this, we carry out specialist habitat management on our own sites and also work with a range of partners who manage some of the best sites for wildlife on our behalf.

To find out our current performance on these sites, we update our progress in our Sustainability Indicators booklet each year.

You can also find out more about our progress on managing our sites through our Biodiversity investigations and Wild Watch, our environmental newsletter 

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