Something for the weekend: Lakeside North Harbour in Portsmouth has launched an egg-citing wildlife project in partnership with chat operator Visitor Chat, in order to support employee wellbeing and productivity while also protecting the environment.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust carried out an ecological and wildlife survey, and made recommendations for insect habitats and boxes for a range of birds identified on the Lakeside campus to be installed as part of an im-peck-able bird viewing area, which was funded by Visitor Chat.
These included standard boxes for blue tits and great tits, open fronted boxes for robins, wrens, starling, woodpeckers and nuthatches, and sparrow terraces, along with bird feeding stations and insect hotels.
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According to Lakeside, the aim of the initiative was to protect the bird population on site while also providing employees with a peaceful and quiet area in the rugged woodland and by a large lake, to enjoy watching wildlife undisturbed.
Simon Bateman, asset manager at Lakeside North Harbour, said: “Lakeside North Harbour offers an inspiring and relaxing environment for businesses to call home, providing an unrivalled occupier and employee experience, and the new viewing area will only add to this. We look forward to seeing the viewing area being used by our office occupiers and the boxes creating new homes for a variety of birds and wildlife that call Lakeside home.”
Philip Tissot, director of Visitor Chat, added: “As an organisation committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability, we are proud to support initiatives that promote the conservation and protection of our natural world, including the wellbeing of bird populations. We are excited to be part of this project and to contribute to the protection and sustainability of birdlife for generations to come. Together, we can make a difference and create a more sustainable future for our planet and its precious wildlife.”
Here at Employee Benefits, we think this sounds like a dove-ly idea to boost employee wellbeing and an owl-some opportunity to get outside and experience wildlife!