13 Jun 14

Sizewell B sparks Springwatch interest

A sparky working on the BBC’s Springwatch programme at Minsmere couldn’t resist a visit to Sizewell B whilst he was in Suffolk.

Lenny O’Brien, an electrical engineer, is part of the lighting crew working for the BBC as they beam Springwatch live from Minsmere.
With his work done for the day Lenny wanted to see where Suffolk gets its power from.

Sizewell B visitor centre guides were only too pleased to help. They took Lenny on a tour of the exhibition centre and power station so he could get up close to the turbine generators, responsible for powering up to 3% of the UKs power needs right here on the Suffolk coast.

The Guides were delighted to see Lenny’s place of work too as they joined other locals in the audience of Wednesday night’s Springwatch UnSprung with Nick Baker.

Sizewell B visitor centre guide Debbie Telkman said: “We love showing people around Sizewell B which is next door to the Minsmere reserve.
“Like most of Suffolk, we have all been avidly following the latest series of Springwatch at Minsmere, all the guides are regular visitors to the Reserve so it was great to welcome Lenny onto site and hear about his work on the show and to show him around Sizewell B.”

Sizewell B featured in an episode of the BBC flagship rural affairs programme Countryfile last year. 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. 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.