A significant area of St Ouen wetland has been made ready for the arrival of overwintering birds and wildlife thanks to the efforts of volunteers from RBC Wealth Management.

An 18-strong team of staff, their families and friends braved the snow and ice with members of the National Trust for Jersey at the overgrown wetlands area at La Mielle de Morville last weekend. The group cut back and thinned areas of overgrown reed, brambles and bracken and coppiced larger trees. Damaged chestnut fencing was also replaced.

Jon Horn, Lands Manager from the National Trust for Jersey, said the team completed in one morning much of the year’s required management works.

‘The volunteers have opened up the area to a wider variety of plants, animals and insect life and have prepared the site for overwintering birds,’ said Mr Horn.

‘It was a really superb effort and the National Trust for Jersey team were then able to complete the remaining work to make the site ready for wildlife within a week. By the summer of 2011 people will be able to see a real transformation in the area.’

In July this year a grant of £75,000 was made by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to protect, enhance and promote Jersey’s wetlands over the next three years as part of the company’s global RBC Blue Water Project.

RBC Wealth Management’s Environmental Officer Francis Binney said: ‘As part of the global RBC Blue Water Project, we have made the long term commitment to assist the National Trust of Jersey in their project to restore the wetlands area. The work that our staff did last weekend was our fourth session at the site and brings the area a step closer to the goal of a fully restored and diverse wetland which can support a variety of wildlife.’

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