11 Nov 13

Countryfile at Sizewell B

EDF Energy’s Sizewell B power station is to feature in a future episode of the BBC flagship rural affairs programme Countryfile.
Presenter Julia Bradbury met power station staff during a visit to Sizewell B. The BBC crew were in the area for the Benjamin Britten centenary as the composer was a keen bird spotter on the Suffolk coast.
They wanted to film at other iconic areas of outstanding natural beauty and were interested in the contrast of a power station coexisting peacefully in its environment.
Filming was carried out on the Sizewell estate with Sizewell B environmental partners, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, giving an insight into the benefits of working with EDF Energy to manage the land in the best possible way to help wildlife flourish. Local Warden Alan Miller talked of the diverse range of species on the estate.
Back at the power station newly qualified Chemistry Technician Rochelle Grimmer was interviewed about her role at the power station. Rochelle, who joined Sizewell B as an apprentice after enjoying a work experience placement at the station when she was studying at Kirkley High School in Lowestoft, was featured taking a sample of sea water at the outfall pipe, the last environmental monitoring point before the water goes back out to sea. The sea water was tested for chlorine in one of the chemistry labs on site to show the safety of the water.
Martin Read, Head of Environmental Support at Sizewell B, said: “Bringing Countryfile on to the Sizewell estate and into the power station has provided a great opportunity to demonstrate the importance we place on the highest environmental standards at our sites. Furthermore, through the partnership we have with Suffolk Wildlife Trust we were able to show first hand how hard we work to manage and nurture the land around our site which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.“
EDF Energy was awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark for the third year running this year in recognition of its biodiversity conservation work at the Sizewell B site.
Sizewell B was the first power station to receive a Biodiversity Benchmark in 2009 from The Wildlife Trusts. Following a surveillance audit, the company received the re-accreditation in recognition of the work by Sizewell B and Suffolk Wildlife Trust to turn the 684 hectares of land around the station into a haven for wildlife and nature lovers.
The Biodiversity Benchmark enables organisations across the country to assess the standard of their conservation management, improve their environmental management procedures and demonstrate their commitment to enhancing biodiversity in support of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). It is composed of a set of detailed requirements which an organisation must be able to meet.
The episode of Countryfile set in Suffolk is due to air on BBC 1 this Sunday 17 November.