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Mercia Marina buzzing about eighth David Bellamy wildlife award

Mercia Marina has won a Gold conservation award for the eighth year in a row from Professor David Bellamy along with special awards for its wildflowers and work to protect honey bees.

The marina is one of only 18 venues in the UK to have won eight consecutive Gold awards in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The special accolade is given to parks in recognition of work to protect and enhance the natural world across Britain.

As well as a gold award the marina has been commended for its wildflower habitat and been deemed to be a Honey Bee Friendly Park for its volunteer-led Save our Bees project.

Professor Bellamy sent his personal congratulations to the marina.

He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to you and your team for all the hard work you’ve put in. I am pleased that your nature society is going from strength to strength. Well done to all involved. Of all the other wonderful projects you’ve put in place, I am particularly impressed by the fact that you work to mitigate the environmental impact of any new developments.”

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said:

“We are absolutely delighted for everyone involved with the marina to have picked up a gold award for the eighth year running.

“We are committed to improving habitats and encouraging wildlife to thrive across the marina and this is just one of the reasons that we attract so many visitors. We’re also pleased to have been recognised specifically for our wildflower meadows at the marina and the work of our volunteers in boosting the honey bee population.”

The conservation award scheme, co-founded by Professor Bellamy in conjunction with British Holiday & Home Parks Association, recognises holiday parks for work they have done to protect or enhance the natural environment or wildlife.

It awards Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditations and analyses everything from planting schemes and wildlife management to waste recycling, light pollution and the cleanliness of toilets.

The marina, in Findern Lane, Willington, is a major regional tourist attraction with over 800,000 visitors a year and has recently been awarded a five-star grading and gold award from Visit England.

Photo credit: Nathan Anderson-Dixon

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