On 28 May, 25 representatives from clients including Bristol Water, Taylor Wimpey, National Grid, Redrow and Kier Living took a day out of their usual working routine to come and see the expertise RSK had to offer.
The day began with refreshments and a welcome from RSK director Nigel Board. The delegates then moved onto the core and practical part of the day, which was hosted by RSK ecologists John Daw and Tanith Cook, to investigate the newt traps set by RSK staff the night before. Many clients were especially thrilled to discover several great crested newts among the species caught. They also explored badger setts and enjoyed a visit to a bat roost. The clients then enjoyed a very knowledgeable and well-delivered botanical presentation by RSK principal botanist Louise Denning. The tour concluded with foraging for and examining nibbled nuts for evidence of dormice and checking the dormouse nesting boxes that had been set up the night before. Then it was back for lunch and networking.
RSK’s Emily Martin with the newts caught
Feedback from delegates was fantastic and the success of this event along with the success of similar field trips held in Hemel Hempstead this year, means that it will continue to run annually. The team also hopes to hold more similar events over the year and is already planning one near the RSK Coventry office for next year.
For more information, please contact Hannah Feely.