Our construction sites can have an impact on wildlife habitats. We try to make our overall legacy a positive one by creating biodiverse environments for a range of species to thrive.

Every single contract has to undertake a biodiversity risk assessment and our work with the UK Wildlife Trusts has yielded some inspiring results from saplings along the UK’s A1 to shoreland clean-ups in Canada.

Wildlife along a railway

Carillion was assigned to a large landslip in Gloucester, involving excavated slip material to a gravel pit 30 miles away. Working with Network Rail and Arup, none of the 44,000m3 slip material left the site, 326,000 miles of vehicle movement were saved and 12,000 trees were re-planted to form deciduous woodland on site. This improved local biodiversity, supported a local forestry industry, improved the area for residents and helped offset the CO2. Existing non-native trees were also harvested during the works with the tree stumps used to create a protective structure, hibernacula, on site. The site has been awarded a Network Rail Star Award for excellence in health, safety and environment.

CEO Environmental Sustainability Award to Chipping Campden Cutting Reactive Works

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Natural Habitats Fund

Now in its 13th year, Carillion’s Natural Habitats Fund has helped 72 habitat and conservation work ventures, awarding over £435,000 in grants to date. In 2014, over 20 applications were received and after careful consideration, six grants of £5,000 each were awarded to biodiversity projects run by Wildlife Trusts. These projects create opportunities for volunteering, as well as bringing biodiversity and community benefits:

  • Glow worms in Staffordshire: Working with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on Highgate Common Nature Reserve, we are helping restore areas of heathland for wildlife including solitary bees and wasps, as well as glow worms. The reserve is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and we were awarded a gold membership certificate for our contribution.
  • Wandle Wetlands: London Wildlife Trust worked to improve the wetlands at Poulter Park and Spencer Road Wetlands Nature Reserve in Sutton, South London.
  • Rainton Meadows: Our volunteers helped Durham Wildlife Trust on their Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve with a complete overhaul of a dilapidated bird hide.
  • Willington Gravel Pits: A former gravel pit transformed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust into a 30-hectare Nature Reserve, rich in bird life benefitted from new, accessible viewing platforms.
  • Exeter Wild City: We worked with Devon Wildlife Trust to enhance green spaces in Exeter and work with schools to make their grounds more wildlife-friendly.
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Freshwater Habitats Trust

Freshwater plants and animals are among the planet’s most threatened group of species, so we partnered with the UK Freshwater Habitats Trust to help protect wildlife in ponds, rivers, streams and lakes.

Through this new partnership, our people support projects that benefit biodiversity and local neighbourhoods, contributing to two of our positive outcomes in ‘Protecting the environment’ and ‘Supporting sustainable communities’. Our work includes supporting pioneering eDNA analysis to detect the presence of rare species in freshwater areas, to improve both operational efficiency and species protection.

Carillion’s 2020 sustainability strategy is leading the way in demonstrating how companies can make a significant contribution to addressing the root causes of environmental decline, both through their company practices and through the positive engagement of their people. We are proud to announce our new partnership with Carillion, and believe that by working together we can start reversing the current trends, and restore rich and natural freshwater communities.”

Dr Jeremy Biggs, Director, Freshwater Habitats Trust

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Preserving biodiversity in Canada

Twelve of our staff cleared debris in the park in Black Creek, Toronto. Thirty bags of garbage were collected within a 2km radius as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up programme.

Our Forces Base Borden project supported the Bear Creek Sanctuary through donations of building materials and will be extending their volunteering in 2015. Bear Creek provides a safe haven for unwanted, abused and injured animals.

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We all benefit from having more contact with the natural world. Our mental and physical health is greatly improved by spending time outdoors and enjoying the sights and sounds of wildlife whether in a city park or on a beach. The Carillion Natural Habitats Fund demonstrates the company’s understanding of the importance of our work and commitment to ensuring that we can continue to benefit from having wildlife in our lives.”

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

£435,000 awarded to 72 habitat projects through the Natural Habitats Fund since 2001

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