Have you ever wondered how day-to-day port operations can impact on wildlife and the environment?
ABP strives to minimise the environmental impact of its operations and looks after the diverse ecosystems surrounding all of its 21 ports. High standards of environmental care are constantly maintained and seen as being of upmost importance, as 18 of ABP’s ports operate in - or next door to - conservation areas.
ABP has a central environmental team and environmental co-ordinators in each of its business units, to ensure the development of sustainable operations. From waste management to habitat enforcement and creation. Due to the large amount of marine species living around ABP ports, the business understands its environmental obligation to keep operations as safe and undisruptive as possible. Incidents such as pollution and contamination could have a negative impact on the marine environment, which is why ABP frequently conducts emergency training exercises to make sure that it is able to respond to incidents quickly and efficiently.
The Conservation of the valuable local natural environment is extremely important to ABP. In Ipswich ABP conserves what they have by monitoring and planning for invasive non-native species arrivals that could upset the balance of our local wildlife, on land and in the water. Ipswich is also embarking on a tree and hedge planting project to provide valuable habitats and feeding grounds for a variety of wildlife, as well as providing connectivity between local parks and more naturalised nearby areas.
The Port of Ipswich is frequently home to groups of ducks and geese including ducklings and goslings. As stated on ABP’s social media, “whilst it is important for us to keep our ports and surrounding areas clean for our communities, spotting these ducklings today reminded us of the importance of keeping the water clear for our wildlife too”. Recently Ipswich has also seen the blooming of ABP’s sunflowers, wild flowers and marigolds at West Bank, which attract a whole range of wildlife including ladybirds, hoverflies and pollen beetles. ABP South Wales has also safely relocated a local beehive recently, which had set up home in some ABP port equipment.
For ABP, the diverse environments in and around its 21 ports are of fundamental importance.