Wildlife strategy at power station

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The operator of a large scale power plant in Carrickfergus is taking steps to protect a range of wildlife found at its site.

AES UK and Ireland is developing a biodiversity strategy at Kilroot in partnership with Ulster Wildlife.

Inspiration for the scheme came several years ago after a rare bee orchid was discovered at Kilroot’s sister site Ballylumford, explained Katy Bell from Ulster Wildlife.

“There is a surprising amount of wildlife here at the site, including Irish hares, foxes and even barn owls,” Katy added.

“We also have sandmartins which nest in the ash piles from the coal.”

Efforts have also been made to encourage flora as well as fauna with the planting of a wildflower meadow near the car park.

Meanwhile, the plant’s coastal location means seals and seabirds are a common sight.

Carla Tully, president of AES UK & Ireland, said: “Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a central element of the work we do at AES UK and Ireland. Our CSR strategy is designed to deliver programmes and initiatives which develop longer-term relationships with local communities, just like our decade of partnership working with Ulster Wildlife.”