2 Mar 15

Bird nest box week finds popular home at Hinkley Point Visitor Centre

National bird nest box week proved extremely popular with Bridgwater shoppers during the recent half term holiday.

Over 1,300 people took part in the activities at EDF Energy's visitor centre in Angel Place Shopping Centre.

The week was part of a national awareness campaign organised by the British Trust for Ornithology to encourage people to put nest boxes up in their gardens to enhance biodiversity and conservation of birds and wildlife.

Fun activities for local children included making model binoculars and paper birds in the visitor centre. The highlight for many was the chance to see birds of prey brought along by Secret World Wildlife, including owls and a falcon.

Sue Butler, EDF Energy visitor centre tour guide, said: "It was a fantastic week at the visitor centre and great to see people of all ages taking an interest in wildlife.

"EDF Energy takes its responsibility to the local community and environment very seriously and it was wonderful to see how engaging this awareness week was for so many people."

Roger Smith, Angel Place Shopping Centre manager, added; "Not only do these type of events raise awareness of important issues, they also add an extra special atmosphere to the centre. It was a wonderful week and I would like to thank Secret World for bringing their birds of prey along - it was undoubtedly my highlight of the week."

For more information contact:

Gordon Bell
Media Manager (South West)
01278 654535
07843 218088

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.