RSPB Gives Nature a Home at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve Assisted by Yorkshire Water Employees

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Guy Atkinson

Yorkshire Water strongly believes employee volunteering remains one of the best ways through which it can make a real difference to Yorkshire communities. As a result, in September this year it gave no less than 36 employees some time off from their normal duties so they could lend a helping hand at RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve.


RSPB manages Fairburn Ings. The reserve, with its nature trails and walks through various habitats, lakes and dipping ponds, is a great place for visitors to come and enjoy, watch and learn more about wildlife.

Earlier in September a team of eight customer services specialists led by Maria Hullah spent a day removing silver birch saplings from the Coal tips trail, an area of the reserve which is quite sensitive, ecologically. Although it was a really hot day making for a lot of hard work, all of the volunteers went about it with smiles on their eager faces.

Over the last three days of September, Adam Folkard from the Governance and Compliance team brought with him a 28-strong team of volunteers to the reserve. They spent the three day period clearing bushes, young trees and scrub, from the reedbed so that it can flourish and provide habitat for rare birds including the rather enigmatic bittern.

Yorkshire Water has partnerships with numerous organisations, including RSPB, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Aire Rivers Trust to conserve and enhance the Yorkshire region. The company has adopted RSPB Fairburn Ings for its employee volunteer programme. Over the past three years a total of 290 employees have volunteered there.

Adam who led the last team of volunteers from Yorkshire Water said: “It’s great to get out on the ground and help make a difference at sites like these. We’re encouraged to volunteer and we get a lot out of the day just by spending it together as a team, doing something different. Yorkshire Water has a big, diverse workforce with lots of different skills and we’re really keen to share these with local communities and partner organisations.”

Sally Granger, Aire Valley Visitor Experience Officer for the RSPB said; “Breeding season is over and now it’s all hands on deck to clear encroaching scrub so areas stay open for ground nesting birds like skylark and oystercatcher.”

“Hard work of volunteers like those from Yorkshire Water really does help us keep giving nature a home at Fairburn Ings.”

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with its partners, it protects threatened birds and wildlife so that its towns, coasts and countryside will teem with wildlife once again. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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