"We’re joining hands with others to call for more action for biodiversity," says Anglian's Biodiversity Manager
30 September 2020
Today world leaders are speaking at the UN Biodiversity Summit. Anglian Water Biodiversity Manager Kylie Jones explains why we’re joining forces with others to call for greater protection for nature:
"Protecting nature is a key part of our business. Close to home our teams have been busy monitoring and wildlife on our sites this summer – and beyond our region we’re joining hands with others to call for more action for biodiversity.
This month we’ve joined forces with hundreds of other global companies, to sign up to the Business for Nature call to action. The coalition has been set up to urge governments around the world to take action and adopt ambitious policies now to prevent a loss of biodiversity.
For us this job starts in our own back yard – we own 49 SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and the wetland at Rutland Water is designated as a site of international importance for wildlife. The most famous species there is the osprey – and our partners at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust who manage the Rutland Osprey Project have recorded eight nests this summer and a total of 19 chicks have fledged.
Over at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire an amazing 261 bird species have been recorded this year including the enigmatic nightingales which make their home their every summer. The Nightingale conservation and monitoring project there has seen more than 70 volunteers spending hundreds of hours listening for, monitoring and tagging the endangered song birds. Thank you to our friends at the British Trust for Ornithology for their tireless work.
At Pitsford Reservoir in Northamptonshire this year a survey revealed an amaing 782 species of moths.
On our other reservoirs and at our operational sites we’ve been busy monitoring and protecting orchids, bats, butterflies and many other species. We’re also funding projects to tackle the non native invasive species in our regions’ waterways which can cause native species so much harm.
Many of these species are migratory – ospreys spend the winter in Africa, and the wintering wildfowl at our reservoirs arrive from Scandinavia and the Arctic. Our region is just part of a global ecosystem – and one that we believe should have the strongest protections possible from governments.