A team of staff from Kleinwort Benson rolled up their sleeves up to help boost the population of Britain’s rarest crow.
As part of the organisation’s Volunteer Day Programme, the group replaced office work with digging, weeding and preparing grounds at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Trinity headquarters for the breeding programme of the red-billed chough, which has been missing from Jersey for more than 100 years.
From its Community Commitment Fund, Kleinwort Benson has also covered the cost of the hire of the cherry picker needed to create the choughs’ enclosure.
Together with the National Trust for Jersey and the States of Jersey Planning and Environment Department, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a major campaign to restore coastland habitats to revive the Island’s declining or locally extinct farmland bird species.
It is estimated that only 500 pairs of choughs currently remain in the United Kingdom. The now rare species used to thrive on Jersey’s northern coastline but changes in farming practices over the 19th century destroyed its ideal habitat, making it extinct.
The Kleinwort Benson volunteers helped clear the area of exotic plants that were growing in and around the enclosure, and replaced them with heather, gorse and wild flowers that are native to Jersey’s North Coast, and make up the perfect habitat for choughs.
“We are grateful for help from companies like Kleinwort Benson,” said Caryl Kemp, Head of Landscape at Durrell Wildlife Trust.
“This was a huge project with a tight deadline, and we are delighted that many of our corporates, including Kleinwort Benson, have come up to help out both the landscape and maintenance teams. Projects like this take time and commitment and this team was fantastic!”
Angus Taylor, Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson in Jersey, said: “We have a Corporate Social Responsibility policy in place at Kleinwort Benson, and our Volunteer Day Programme is a major part of that. Not only does it allow us to literally “give something back” to the local community, our staff get a huge amount of satisfaction and pleasure in rolling up their sleeves to help out local organisations and charities, even if it does result in some aching limbs the next day!”