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27th May 2016
Volunteers from NuGen marked World Environment Day 2016 by working to improve an area of valuable peatland linked to the Moorside Project site.
Volunteers, including CEO Tom Samson and members of NuGen’s executive management team, joined teams from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and The Forestry Commission to construct dams and improve natural drainage in this rare landscape that provides a habitat for a number of protected species.
NuGen’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, Alexandra Brennan, said: “NuGen is committed to protecting the environment close to our Moorside Project, which is home to some very special, important and increasingly rare habitats – the peatland at Gillerthwaite Mire is a really good example and that’s why we jumped at the opportunity to volunteer our time and help with this work.
“By supporting natural drainage and restoring the peatland we are helping sustain the habitat for rare insects, birds and amphibians, as well as improving the water quality in the local river network - including the River Ehen – which is important for a range of species and has become popular spawning grounds for increasing numbers of rare Arctic Char.”
David Harpley, Conservation Manager for Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “We’re really pleased volunteers from NuGen could come along and help us with this work to retain water - which increases the biodiversity on the peatland and helps to keep carbon locked in the bog.”
Peatland plants capture CO2, - the main cause of climate change. However, when that peatland drains, a large quantity of that captured CO2, is released into the atmosphere.NuGen’s Moorside Project is set to become Europe’s largest new nuclear power station, capable of generating up to 3.8GW of low-carbon electricity from a sustainable source – equivalent to seven per cent of the UK’s electricity requirements