Via Helps Thousands of Nature Enthusiasts Enjoy Rare Birds in Nottinghamshire
Via East Midlands’ environmental maintenance team has received thanks from the RSPB for making it easier for enthusiasts to enjoy rare birds who visited a quarry in Nottinghamshire.
Thousands of visitors have flocked to the site at East Leake where the rare bee-eaters took up residency and decided to nest.
Cemex, who operate the quarry, worked with the RSPB to set up a viewing area, with a local farmer providing a car park for visitors on the busy A6006 in the south of the county.
With large numbers of visitors anticipated Via quickly responded, sending a crew to the site to mow grass verges and liaising with the RSPB to improve safety for pedestrians walking along the highway to access the site.
Michael Copleston, Reserves Area Manager at RSPB Midlands, said: "The arrival of bee eaters at East Leake was a tremendously exciting experience for many thousands of nature enthusiasts, with only a handful of these colourful and charming birds arriving in the UK over the last few decades.
“Their arrival in the Cemex quarry lead to a fantastic collaborative effort between conservation teams, Cemex quarry staff, and a local farmer.
“The experience for visitors was also supported and improved by the local highways team, who assessed the busy road access from the car park to viewing point, and swiftly deployed their verge cutting team, for which we are very grateful.
“When rare birds arrive in new locations there is always a buzz of excitement. The RSPB were delighted with this years’ unexpected arrivals and pleased that the public have been able to get great views of them in a safe way. Great teamwork all round."
Dave Tebbett, Head of Operations for Via East Midlands which manages the County’s highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“When we heard of the bee-eaters arrival in the county, we wanted to do all that we could to make the experience as accessible as possible for all visitors to the site.
“Our environmental management team did a great job in reacting, ensuring that verges were cut and that nature enthusiasts could get between the site and car park safely, allowing them to enjoy this rare visit.”
Cllr John Cottee, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Committee Chairman for Communities and Place, said:
“It’s great to hear that the actions of our local highways team had an added benefit of helping locals and visitors enjoy this rare wildlife spectacle - which happened right on our doorstep in Nottinghamshire.”
Image: Keith Bowser - 2017