[email protected] is an initiative formed by BAS staff. Adopting current NERC Biodiversity policy and working closely with the BAS Estates and Environment Office teams and the BAS Club, its goal is to assist with the management of the BAS Cambridge site.
The emphasis is on preserving existing wildlife habitats and working to sustain and enhance biodiversity across the site. The group has placed bird boxes in various places on the BAS site; look out for robin, great tit and blue tit activity around these. Teams have been working at lunch times, cutting back brambles and other invasive species from the front meadow adjacent to the main entrance. We use low impact, environmentally safe management techniques (spades, shovels and shears!).
A key objective is to identify and implement management techniques, which will as far as possible be sympathetic to wildlife and encourage native species. As part of this initiative we will be recording, mapping and regularly reviewing habitats and species during the year, and writing about it in the internal magazine Icesheet. We have been entrusted with maintenance of the pond and will be aiming to enhance its potential as a wildlife habitat.