An ecologically important wetland and reed beds area at Marais Rise has been cleared by a group of volunteers, leading to a new habitat for birds, both local and migratory.
The Guernsey Conservation Volunteers (GCV) was helped by staff from RBC Wealth Management in tackling an area that had become overrun with vegetation not native to reed beds such as brambles and pampas grass. The land had also been used as a general dumping ground for household rubbish.
Angela Salmon, Group Coordinator for the GCV said the Marais Rise project was ongoing and they were extremely appreciative of the help from RBC.” This is a very important habitat for breeding birds so to get all the help we can to turn it into a thriving reed bed as quickly as possible is marvellous. We are a completely voluntary organisation and with just 35 members we are always looking for volunteers to help us with our conservation work. No experience is necessary to join us – we just know that many hands make light work!”
RBC Wealth Management’s involvement in the Marais Rise project is part of its commitment to managing its environmental impact and preserving sustainability in the markets it operates in.
Francis Binney, Environment Officer for RBC Wealth Management said, “Wetlands are not only important for the birds, beasties and bugs that live in them – they also form a key part of the Island’s natural water management; acting like a sponge for both excess rainfall and as a filter for pollutants and fertilizers in the waters that flow through them and out into the sea.
“The window of opportunity to tackle a project like this is actually quite limited. You can’t work on the wetlands when birds are overwintering, when the chicks are born in the spring, or before the fledglings fly the nest in early summer. We’ve been involved in a similar project in Jersey where already they have seen the return of several bird species such as bitterns and water rails.’”