A TEAM from Hinkley Point C supported river health in Somerset with us through a litter picking and wildlife watching event.

More than 20 HR-related staff from Hinkley Point C, the project to build a new nuclear power station near Shurton, joined us in July to learn about biodiversity along the River Parrett in the Steart Marshes and to help collect litter along the banks of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.

Our event lead said…

Our event lead and Rivers & Fisheries officer Mia Bryant said: “Sharing the wonder of local wildlife that depends on freshwater and estuarine spaces, and helping to keep rubbish out of our waterways, is always a bonus for our charity.

“Engaging businesses through our Corporate Freshwater Action Days is a great way to help staff learn more about their local freshwater habitats and what they can do to help them thrive.

“And all litter collected means it can’t get into our waterways, so every effort is appreciated.”

Following a wildlife walk and talk near the river, the team headed to Bridgwater where they collected litter alongside the canal.

Hear from the Hinkley Point C team

Organisational Capability Specialist Sandra Paun from Hinkley Point C said: “We appreciated learning about the local area, with the team enjoying the activities and having a lovely day out.

“We’ve been inspired to return to collect litter from in the canal in the future as there was a lot in it so we may well be back with waders, wetsuits or even a canoe.”

Environmental commitment

Hinkley Point C is committed to protecting the environment – whether it’s creating new habitats for wildlife across the project’s sites, hiring passionate people who care, and funding projects which protect the environment. The project works closely with groups such as the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust who manage Steart Marshes and Somerset Wildlife Trust on its Brilliant/Wilder Coast programme.

To learn more

Visit  edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/hinkley-point-c/about/supporting-the-environment

If your business would like to support our charity while supporting freshwater environments, please visit wrt.org.uk/project/working-with-business/

Somerset Council’s Clean Surrounding’s team kindly collected the litter picked up at the event to dispose of it appropriately.

Photo caption: The Hinkley Point C team get stuck into litter picking along the canal