Wildlife and conservation
Our wildlife and conservation work makes an important contribution towards our aim of becoming a truly sustainable company.
We want to protect or enhance the natural and historic resources and services provided by the environment that are used or affected by our operations.
If you would like to keep in touch with our environmental work, you can find out more in our newsletter Wild Watch.
Our wildlife and conservation work falls into a number of sections:
Biodiversity work with partners
We work with a range of external groups and organisations to better understand our impact on the environment and how we can contribute to positive improvements.
Since 1998, we have been working with organisations to conserve and enhance biodiversity in our region – our Partners Programme. We provide funding to support work that helps meet the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan targets.
Biodiversity work on our land and with new construction
The management of our landholding (including the sites of our treatment works) and the impacts of new schemes are assessed to protect and, where possible, enhance wildlife as part of our biodiversity action plan (BAP).
Heritage and archaeology
Our region has strong archaeological interests and we work with English Heritage and county archaeology officers to determine risks posed by our maintenance and engineering work. We often undertake archaeological work on our schemes.
We run two museums devoted to water treatment and are working to archive our historical records: Ashford water treatment works and Sutton Poyntz water supply museum.
Working with other organisations takes many forms, including an education service and charitable donations for social and environmental projects.
Our reservoirs are popular locations for activities such as fishing, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, birdwatching and walking.
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