Thames Water supports World Wetlands Day

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Thames Water is encouraging nature lovers to get out and enjoy beauty spots like Bicester Wetlands to mark World Wetlands Day!

Thames Water is putting three of the most beautiful and rugged nature sites in the Thames Valley under the spotlight to mark World Wetlands Day.

A stretch of the River Kennet in Marlborough, Wiltshire, the Firs Farm nature reserve in Enfield and Thames Water’s own Bicester Wetlands, near Oxford, will all benefit from the company’s support of this global landmark.

World Wetlands Day has been held annually on February 2 since 1997, to mark the signing of the Ramsar Convention in 1971 which preserves wetlands and promotes their sustainable use.

To celebrate how lands saturated by water help maintain biodiversity, governments, community groups, companies and individuals around the world mount special campaigns in early February.

This year, Thames Water is staging three events across the event, starting with a shrub clearance at Firs Farm in Enfield by volunteers from its operations teams on Wednesday, February 1. The following day, volunteers are staging a clean-up in Marlborough of the River Kennet.

And on February 3, Thames Water is holding an open day at Bicester Wetland Nature Reserve, which is a haven for birds and other wildlife.

Corporate responsibility manager Rosemary Waugh said: “Being involved in World Wetlands Day is a great opportunity for us to highlight these habitats, and their significance to our communities and nature.

“We're fully aware of their importance, and are also investing in the creation of new wetlands for the benefit of more customers and wildlife, including in Woodberry and Walthamstow.”