1 June 2012
A chemical factory in Cheshire may not be the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about spending a few hours bird-watching. However staff at ReAgent, a leading UK chemical company, have reported a boom in the number and variety of bird species around its Runcorn-based factory.
ReAgent Systems Manager Graham Bayliss explains, “Although we are based on an industrial estate and many people would not think that there is much in the way of wildlife in this area, they would be surprised to know just how much there is. We have actively encouraged this by putting up bird feeders and nesting boxes in the trees at the side of the factory on an area of our land which we have tried to keep as natural as possible. The birds have responded well to this – they just adapt to whatever is on offer in their environment.”
Within a one mile radius of the factory staff at ReAgent regularly report sightings of pied wagtails, robins, blue tits, great tits, a little owl, barn owls, a woodpecker, starlings, green finches, mistle thrushes, gold finches, long-tailed tits, crows, jackdaws, magpies, blackbirds, song thrushes, fieldfares and redwings. Kestrels are seen along the lane while tawny owls nest in nearby woods. A barn owl has been seen on the staff car park whilst pied wagtails and blue tits have been nesting in the washroom air vents.
Summer visitors include willow warbler, chiffchaff, whitethroat and blackcap. Buzzards breed in the woods and are regularly seen hunting across nearby farmland. In early summer the young birds can be seen testing their wings, usually accompanied by the adults.
Graham Bayliss continues, “A bird looks for a safe place to nest and would normally choose something like a hole in a tree. However, we have seen them utilise air vents or stacks of wooden pallets. As a keen bird watcher myself I am pleased to see the fantastic excitement that is generated when staff see a new species. The nesting boxes and bird feeders are almost level with the first floor office windows so staff have a great view of their activity and colleagues regularly bring in their cameras. We had lapwings in the car park last winter when the nearby fields where they usually live were frozen.”
In addition to the bird sightings around the factory, the natural area of waste land at the side of the factory has supported a number of orchid species including marsh orchids and bee orchids which thrive on the poor quality soil.
Managing Director Richard Hudson adds, “ReAgent is proud of its ongoing accreditation to ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. We do as much as we can not only to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible but also to actively support our local wildlife. We see this as an integral part of being the leading chemical suppliers in the UK.”
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