Earlier this month there was a hive of activity in Romney Marsh, Kent when Copper joined Balfour Beatty and National Grid for a day of volunteering, helping to create new habitats for rare bumblebee species.

The volunteers helped to create wildflower habitats to improve the floral diversity of one of the many sites managed by the Bumblebee Conservation Society. The particular aim of this project is to encourage the return of rare bumblebees, such as the short-haired bumblebee, to the area.

bees1As well as taking time out from their day jobs, Balfour Beatty and National Grid (for whom Copper provides community relations support for their overhead line refurbishment project from Dungeness to Sellindge, Kent) also donated equipment, bulbs and seeds to the Society to further support their important work in sustainably managing habitat for bees.

Nikki Gammans from the Bumblebee Conservation Society said, “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers for giving up their time to come and help us create new habitats for endangered bumblebees and other insect pollinators.”

Sam Cranston from Copper said, “We were delighted to be invited along to help with the invaluable work the Bumblebee Conservation Society is doing in Romney Marsh. We look forward to seeing the results of our labour when the wildflower meadows bloom and are enjoyed by the rare bumblebees the Society are striving to save.”

Copper has been working with National Grid and their contractor Balfour Beatty on the Dungeness to Sellindge overhead line refurbishment project since January 2016 providing community relations and communications support. The overhead line project work will be complete at the end of December 2016.