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National Grid go batty about wildlife

Wood from trees that had to be removed at National Grid’s HQ in Warwick to make way for a new switch room, is being used to provide a home for wildlife.

The bat boxes, made by a group of apprentices from local construction company Drewmark, have been installed at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh nature reserve in Coventry.

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
Brandon Marsh nature reserve

The remaining wood has been mulched down for use on footpaths and in parkland surrounding Old Rectory Farm in Sheldon. The restored former 17th century dairy farm is now a demonstration farm showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming.

Howard Hughes, sustainability project manager at National Grid said; “The carpentry apprentices at Drewmark were keen to put their newly acquired skills to good use, turning wood from some of our trees into 10 bat boxes.”

National Grid staff present bat box
(l to r) Keiran Hewlett, Carpentry Apprentice Drewmark, Howard Hughes, Sustainability Project Manager, National Grid, Karl Curtis, Reserves and Community Engagement Manager, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Luke Ward, Carpentry Apprentice, Drewmark

Karl Curtis, reserves and community engagement manager for WWT said; “The donation of these boxes will help to protect and conserve the bat population in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

“Bats are amazing creatures that are critical to many ecosystems around the world. Due to deforestation a lot of bat habitats are being destroyed, so it is vital that we do all we can to help preserve them by providing safe environments for them to nest.”

National Grid staff present bat box
(l to r) Gillian West, National Grid Press Officer, Phil Rickards from Drewmark, Keiran Hewlett, Carpentry Apprentice Drewmark, Ray Owen Drewmark, Howard Hughes, Sustainability Project Manager National Grid, Ben Whittall, Project Manager Drewmark, Luke Ward, Carpentry Apprentice, Drewmark and Karl Curtis, Reserves and Community Engagement Manager, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.