• Protecting wildlife on the doorstep

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    Protecting wildlife on the doorstep

    A party of volunteers from Loughborough didn’t have to venture far to spend a day working in the great outdoors at a wildlife site – Dishley Pool is just round the corner from the Derby Road plant.

    Protecting wildlife on the doorstep

    A party of volunteers from Loughborough didn’t have to venture far to spend a day working in the great outdoors at a wildlife site – Dishley Pool is just round the corner from the Derby Road plant.

    Protecting wildlife on the doorstep

    A party of volunteers from Loughborough didn’t have to venture far to spend a day working in the great outdoors at a wildlife site – Dishley Pool is just round the corner from the Derby Road plant.

    • The Dishley Pool site is owned by Charnwood Borough Council and its wide diversity of inhabitants ranges from dragonflies to buzzards and wildfowl.

      Among the tasks taken on by the eleven-strong team of 3Mers was building a wooden platform jutting out from the water’s edge for fishermen and birdwatchers to use.

      They cleared paths around the pool and laid down bark for walkers. They also cut back undergrowth and young trees which they used to build woodpile habitats for insects and small mammals.

      Nicola Clarke is Midlands horticultural development manager with Quadron idverde, which manages the wildlife site on behalf of the council. She commented: "The volunteers did an absolutely excellent job – as always. I’ve worked with 3M on a lot of projects and their people are always fantastic.

      "Dishley Pool is popular with fishermen, but it’s really a hidden gem. It’s tucked away just next to the industrial estate and a lot of people working on the estate don’t know it’s there. Quite a few of the volunteers had never been before."

      The 3Mers were taking part in the first of a series of 3Mgives Volunteering Programme projects being organised by the Loughborough site over the coming weeks.

      The next project will be taking place on 3M Global Volunteering Day on 19 September, when a team from Health Information Systems will be painting benches and gardening at Queen’s Park in Loughborough. Later the same week another project is being run at The Outwoods, an ancient woodland near Loughborough.

      A number of other sites have also got plans in place to mark Global Volunteering Day with events being lined up at Atherstone, Bracknell, Clitheroe, Dublin, Manchester and Northallerton so far.