WORKERS from a Seal Sands terminal have gone back to nature to help safeguard one of the region’s most important nature reserves.
Thirty workers from the BP Central Area Transmission System (CATS) terminal worked alongside experts from Natural England to get rid of litter at the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve.
They grabbed plastic and other debris as well as cutting back the invasive Japanese rose plant from the nearby dunes.
It formed part of a team building exercise for the BP CATS workers which included site leaders, engineers and maintenance staff, as well as employees from the site’s main contractor, BIS.
The area supports large numbers of water birds and the only breeding colony of harbour seals on the North-East coast of England.
Mike Leakey, Natural England’s senior reserve manager who organised the project, said rubbish in the area was a hazard to birds and marine animals such as seals and dolphins as well as being unsightly.
He added: “For a number of years, Teesmouth National Nature Reserve has benefited from its links with the nearby BP CATS Terminal and, in particular, from this annual team-building exercise.
“We had an enjoyable day and volunteers on our reserves always leave in the knowledge that their efforts are making a real positive difference to the wonderful birds, animals and plants that live there.”
CATS terminal manager Jim Sullivan said the company was active in supporting the environment in which it operates.