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Victoria Pollard from Merseylink Civil Contractors JV
has been nominated by colleagues Jill Doyle and Jim Rice for her work on the Mersey Gateway Project.
Victoria’s nominators tell us why she was nominated:
Victoria has regularly engaged with volunteers on the project, delivered up-to-date environmental and
biodiversity presentations to maintain enthusiasm. For the volunteers who had a keen interest in biodiversity
and ecology, VP set up evening bat walks and an example Phase 1 habitat survey on the local nature reserve.
Victoria has inspired one of our foundation degree trainees to pursue a career in the environment; she employed the trainee at commencement of the project and mentored her throughout three years to become a fully-fledged environmental advisor. VP has actively mentored trainees since 2009 and currently has another fulltime trainee.
Victoria set up an annual exhibition – Environment Week; stands are set up in different locations on the project over the week to capture as many participants. The topics last year were biodiversity and waste; attendees viewed animal hairs through a microscope, dissected owl pellets and learnt about the estuary’s shrimp.
When cattle troughs were installed for the saltmarsh cattle, Victoria took to create and install Barn Owl floats, made from redundant construction materials. Victoria has translocated snakeshead fritillaries, primroses and a bee swarm from the construction site to a local museum and gardens.
Victoria invited IEMA for a presentation and site visit; the feedback was outstanding:
• “…Speaker was very informative and knowledgeable.”
• “The event exceeded all expectations and must rate as one of the best regional NW events IEMA have run in my 15 years as a member.”
IEMA have requested another visit.
How Victoria has gone the extra mile to enrich and enhance biodiversity on this project…
Victoria has sought to engage and promote biodiversity to the site staff/operatives and members of the public in many innovative ways, whether by the Environment Week exhibitions, talking to the volunteers, free seminars and site visits; her aim is to promote and demonstrate biodiversity in action. She regularly engages with local charities and Salford University to expand her own knowledge (e.g. “Contamination and shrimp sex change in the estuary”) and then disseminate this in an interesting and informative way. She continues to develop our trainees and inspire them to pursue an active interest in biodiversity at work and home.