Humber ports launch first biodiversity events for local students

May 2, 2017

Ports across the Humber owned by Associated British Ports (ABP) have teamed up with local colleges and schools to educate youngsters regarding the environment and work ethics.

The first of five educational biosecurity events took place recently with year 11 students from Goole College surveying native and non-native species at the Old Ship Yard on Goole port.

ABP Humber owns 5,000 acres across the estate and continual environmental improvements are being made including recently setting up a Green Team initiative where a dedicated group of employees will improve the ports with green spaces.

Tina Raleigh, systems co-ordinator for the Humber, ran the all-day workshop, she said: “We’re really excited to forge strong working relationships with Goole College, Immingham Oasis Academy and Malet Lambert School in Hull to enable students to have a better understanding of a ‘day in the life of’ an ABP employee and to learn about the biodiversity of our port estates.

“We understand the importance of involving future generations in order to help protect the environment and also as a business we not only have corporate responsibility but also moral obligation to continually improve the estates to increase natural habitats.”

Anne Handley, community and business partnership manager at Goole College, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to work with ABP as they enable us to shape our strategic vision of working with local business to help protect the local environment.
“We’ve all had a fantastic day and 45 different species were found including trees, beetles and bees.”

Local entomologist from Humber Nature Partnership, Alan Jones, helped the students by identifying the variety of species.

Laura Roper, 16, student from Goole College, added: “It’s been an intriguing, interactive day where I feel like I have learnt a lot.

“We found a variety of plants and insects such as a red and black froghopper and it’s given me a taste of what job opportunities are available at ABP.”