Firm’s cash gift will fund conservation work to attract rare birds to Peterborough park

Views across Ferry Meadows, which is the at heart of Nene Park, Peterborough.  EMN-150113-130143009
Views across Ferry Meadows, which is the at heart of Nene Park, Peterborough. EMN-150113-130143009
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Building services company Mick George has given an £18,000 cash gift to Peterborough’s Nene Park Trust to support a new initiative to attract rare birds.

The company is supporting the trust’s Meadows and Martins initiative and the donation will fund two separate but connected improvements.

One of the projects is conservation work to attract rare sand martins to the area.

A trial venture carried out two years ago involved the construction of 36 chambers resulted in 60 fledglings on site - the first in more than 30 years.

Now the trust is aiming to double the number of chambers.

It also wants to install live film footage from the chambers to the park’s Visitor Centre to educate visitors and allow conservation monitoring.

In addition, the funds will help buy specialist equipment to maintain the Wildlife Meadows.

Adrian Oates, the trust’s head of fundraising, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Mick George Community Fund to go towards our sand martin conservation work.”

Jon Stump, finance director of Mick George, said: “Nene Park has a rich heritage, one we’re pleased to be involved in, with a view to preserving.”

“The south of the Peterborough is under going major developments, which will subsequently attract a larger and new population to the city, for which attractions such as Nene Park will be a vital factor.”

He added: “The charity should be congratulated on its pro-activity to enhance the facilities in a strategic manner with the local community as the main focal-point.

“Given that the park is self-funded, it relies on support from like minded businesses like ourselves which we’re always keen to support.”