Wildlife thriving at Beckton sewage works during coronavirus pandemic
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 May 2020
David Morrison/Thames Water
Peregrine falcons, barn owls and a family of kestrels are among the birds to make Beckton sewage works a home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Herons and buzzards have also been spotted by staff on the Thames Water-run site, and its neighbouring nature reserve, since the lockdown began. Those working in the utilities industry have been designated key workers by the government.
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Ian Crump, Thames Water’s biodiversity field officer, said: “While the world continues to be disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s reassuring to know that wildlife is still flourishing at our sites.
“We’re proud of the number of different species that call our operational works, nature reserves and other facilities home and ensuring they have the right habitat to thrive is an important part of what we do.”
Thames Water helps support wildlife across its sites by installing artificial nests for some species or protecting and enhancing the essential habitats upon which others depend.
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