Assessing the Wildlife at Nicholsons
By Annie Buckle
Protecting our natural environment whilst providing exceptional plants and a quality service is a key component of life here at Nicholsons. With that in mind, we recently conducted a site-wide assessment of our wildlife to better understand who we shared our space with. Many of our keen-eyed colleagues were eager to talk about the creatures they had spotted whilst working around the site, and with their help we were able to compile an extensive and impressive list that we will continue to monitor and update.
We identified almost 70 different species of birds, both seasonal visitors and residents, 16 mammal species, 20 moth and butterfly species, eleven arthropod species and five different species of amphibians and reptiles. From this list (which can be viewed by clicking the sheet on the right), we were then able to note their conservation status and it was with bittersweet realization that we discovered almost half of the bird species found around our site are classed as either ‘Critical’ or ‘At Risk’, two ‘Critical’ listed mammals, and four ‘Critical’ or ‘At Risk’ moth species. This seemed to reflect the perilous state of the UK’s wildlife populations and was a stark reminder that we must all play our part to protect and support our beautiful wildlife species, whoever or wherever we are.
By identifying these species, we can now recognize and safeguard their preferred habitats and use our understanding of their life cycles to manage and promote their numbers more effectively. Through the use of a multifaceted approach across the company, including integrated pest management systems, significantly reduced pesticide use and stringent biosecurity measures, we are now working on actions we can take to ensure we are as welcoming to our wildlife visitors as we are to our valued customers.