South West Water helps highlight SpringWatch 2006
Spring is here and South West Water has played its part in highlighting the importance of SpringWatch 2006. The company has provided pupils at Barley Lane School in Exeter with raw materials for the manufacturing of bird and owl nesting boxes.
Published: 28 March 2006
"This project is vital in raising awareness of conservation issues", said Martin Ross, Environmental Planning Manager for South West Water. "It is an excellent and beneficial way in which the company can fulfil its commitment to enhance the environment."
Barley Lane is a special needs school and with the assistance of the British Trust for Ornithology, has helped over 30 pupils build 45 wooden bird boxes and six barn owl nesting boxes.
Six pupils will be erecting their completed bird boxes on Thursday 30th March 2006, at South West Water's nature reserve area at Countess Wear treatment works, Exeter. The nature reserve area is managed by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of South West Water and attracts a wide variety of native birds.
The bird boxes are specifically designed to provide homes for small domestic birds such as blue tits and great tits.
Mike Steer, Design and Technology teacher at Barley Lane School, thanked South West Water for asking the School to carry out the work and added: "This kind of project is extremely beneficial to the pupils at the school. Not only did the project build their self-esteem and project knowledge but it also helped them to appreciate the greater outdoors, local wildlife and the need to support their local environment."
In February 2003 South West Water helped fund South Dartmoor Community College in a similar scheme involving the building of bird boxes and specifically barn owl nesting boxes. Students from the college built over 20 bird boxes, which were eventually located at South West Water sites in South Devon.
There will be photo opportunities for the press on Thursday 30th March 2006 at 12.00 PM at Countess Wear treatment works, Exeter.
For further information please contact Sam Woollacott, Communications Trainee on 01392 443020.
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- Directions to Countess Wear sewage treatment works [click here]