Mercia Marina wins David Bellamy wildlife award
Mercia Marina has won a Gold David Bellamy wildlife award for the seventh year in a row for its work conserving the local environment.
Accompanying the award, the marina also received a Special Distinction for its work to protect honey bees.
“Winning seven golds in as many years is a fantastic achievement for Mercia Marina and they deserve a big pat on the back for all their wonderful and imaginative initiatives to protect the natural environment,” said Professor Bellamy.
The marina is one of only 18 venues in the UK to have won seven consecutive Gold awards, out of 580 which were considered in this year’s annual David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.
This is the second year that the marina has been recognised for its volunteer-led ‘Save Our Bees’ project, which aims to tackle the decline in the bee population.
Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, said: “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.”
The marina, in Findern Lane, Willington, is a major regional tourist attraction with over 800,000 visitors a year.
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