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June Update - Environment Special
This month we're sharing just some of the ways we're delivering on our commitment to take care of the local environment.

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Protecting our local bird population

As part of Hinkley Point C’s commitment to environmental protection around the construction site, the project has been monitoring birds on the river Parrett and on the coast close to the Hinkley Point C site.

The monitoring is being undertaken by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) who operate Steart Marshes – the closest nature reserve to the construction site. As part of a wider support package for the reserve, Hinkley Point C is funding a warden. As well as monitoring activities, the warden engages with the many walkers, dog walkers and bird watchers visiting Steart Marshes.

The monitoring we’ve completed so far shows there is minimal disturbance to birds by Hinkley Point C vessels.

Hinkley Point C has also funded a bird hide in Bridgwater Bay and relocated a bird hide at Steart Marshes, so visitors can look out across both the river and wetlands to enjoy the views and wide open landscape.

Head to our website to watch videos on Steart Marshes and find out more about how we're working together.

Supporting Somerset Wildlife Trust

Hinkley Point C sits on the Somerset coastline, so naturally it’s important for us to protect the shoreline nearby and invest in projects which match our own ambitions.

Somerset’s Brilliant Coast programme, led by the Somerset Wildlife Trust, has been awarded over £159,000 from the HPC Community Fund. The programme raises awareness and engagement in local coastal communities of the county’s coastal wildlife and landscapes, encourages exploration and helps volunteers look after the coastline.

"The Hinkley Point C funding will leave a really good legacy because of the training we’re giving such as sea watch training looking for poposes and dolphins as well as the ShoreSearch training.

It’s getting a group of volunteers together, really enthusing them so they carry on doing the surveys into the future"

Mark Ward, Somerset Wildlife Trust
Competition time!

At Hinkley Point C we’ve created habitats across both our main and associated development sites. Whether that’s bird boxes, our badger barn, habitats for breeding water voles or the thousands of trees and shrubs we’ve planted.

But you don’t need lots of space to make a difference, no matter how big your garden is, we’ve created some simple How To guides to help you create new habitats.

We want to see what you’ve built in your own gardens to welcome wildlife, so get creative, get making and submit your entries here by 30th June 2021.

Selected entries and the winner will be announced in the next edition of Plugged in, Hinkley Point C’s community magazine.

Watch our Video Guides

Build a bug hotel
Make a mini wildlife pond

Visit our website for more information and to download PDF guides for creating your habitat.
Find out more

Interested in finding out more? Head to our website to learn more about environment protection measures, find videos of Steart Marshes, Somerset Wildlife Trust plus our Southern Area.

You'll also get to see what wildlife we've spotted across our sites recently including otter, hare and deer!

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