Ten employees from Barratt Developments North East’s Technical team stepped out of the office and into their wellies as they volunteered at RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve in Stockton-on-Tees, in line with its partnership with the RSPB to help give nature a home.

As part of the leading housebuilder’s ‘Donate A Day’ initiative, ten employees from Barratt Developments North East’s Technical team, including Technical Director Mark Davis, volunteered at RSPB Saltholme, the popular nature reserve near Stockton-on-Tees. The team spent the day enriching the wetland to help make it a habitat ideal for invertebrates that feed on organic matter such as bloodworms to thrive.  These invertebrates in turn provide food for wetland birds such as redshank and snipe.  The newly enriched wetland will be an ideal place for the birds to forage and flourish.

The Technical team’s volunteering activity ties in with the housebuilder’s corporate partnership with the RSPB, to help give nature a home by supporting wildlife across all of its sites as well as the local area. Furthermore, Barratt Developments is also supporting the RSPB’s ‘Let Nature Sing Takeover’ initiative, which aims to bring the sounds of nature back into the lives of its customers, by switching it’s hold music to the UK Top 40 RSPB birdsong across all of its developments as well as Head Office.

Mark Davis, Technical Director at Barratt Developments North East, commented: “We’re delighted to have been able to volunteer at RSPB Saltholme nature reserve. Creating a new home for bloodworms at the reserve is crucial for providing food for migrant and wintering birds, and we’re thrilled to have participated. We would like to thank the reserve for letting us get involved with such an important project and we hope to see lots more birds visiting the special place!”

Aimée Lee, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Saltholme, said: “We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the Barratt Developments volunteers who got truly stuck into the hard work and transformed our compost into a thriving area for wildlife on the reserve. Their efforts will really make a difference to the habitat here at RSPB Saltholme and we look forward to seeing the results come to life over the coming months!”