Power station celebrates 10th Conservation Day at East Aberthaw Nature Reserve

Over 50 volunteers helped improve paths, streams and the cleanliness of the beach during the tenth annual conservation day at East Aberthaw Nature Reserve.

East Aberthaw Nature Reserve is located on the east side of Aberthaw Power Station, the area contains a saline lagoon, one of only four in Wales and a unique habitat for local animals, flora and fauna. Regular guided walks are held on the site throughout the seasons, led by the Wildlife Trust.

Groups from the Welsh Government, Valeways, Waitrose, Keep Wales Tidy and local residents joined staff from Aberthaw Power Station to complete tasks identified by the Wildlife Trust who help the power station to manage the reserve.

Amy Lavisher, the Environmental Compliance Engineer from Aberthaw Power Station, responsible for the area and helping to coordinate the day, commented, "It is an important habitat which includes woodland, a saline lagoon, storm beach and grasslands. The work we have done today is important, because we want local people to be able to visit the area safely and enjoy the range of wildlife here."

To maintain the natural ambience of the reserve, woodchip is used to cover paths that become muddy when wet. A water channel was cleared to encourage insects to breed that in turn will provide food for the birds. A thorough beach clean was also carried out to collect plastic that is harmful to marine life.

"It was a fantastic effort by the volunteers," added Richard Little, Station Manager. "Many hands do make light work and I am very grateful to all those who took part."

Help was also provided by A N Supplies who lent the team a generator so they had some power to make hot drinks and Brandon Hire supplied temporary toilets.