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Thomson Reuters’ Technology Graduate Program employees celebrate new corporate membership

Tuesday 3rd October

Thomson Reuters’ Technology Graduate Program employees celebrate new corporate membership

Thomson Reuters celebrated joining as the latest ‘Wildlife Guardian’ corporate member of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust during their team day, helping out at Attenborough Nature Reserve on Friday 22nd September.

The team of 25 were new Thomson Reuters graduate scheme employees who came out to Attenborough to attend a conservation volunteering work party to help launch and celebrate the company joining as a new corporate supporter of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.  The team enjoyed a day of activities that not only helped build their 3 week-old working relationships and skillset – as well as having some fun together outdoors and away from the office – but also helped out with the conservation efforts at the site.  The team raked and cleared the hay after it was cut at Glebe field, a low-lying grassland meadow which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its floristic diversity.   

The Glebe Field SSSI is particularly important ecologically because it is the only part of Attenborough Nature Reserve where the original top soil wasn’t removed when gravel was extracted from the site during the land’s former industrial use, and therefore acts as a historic seed bank for now scarce types of grasses and wildflowers.  The special plant assemblage includes the Meadow Saxifrage, which is declining nationally due to loss of low-land grasslands due to farming intensification.   Other diverse plant species which can be found at the site include theGreat Burnet, Meadow Buttercup, Meadowsweet, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Bulbous Buttercup, Betony (with its beautiful purple flowers) and at least 10 species of grass.  The team also uncovered lots of frogs and toads whilst raking the hay, and spotted a number of colourful dragonflies darting around in the sky.

The Team day was led by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Rangers Peter Stanyon and Kate Last and also included a walk around part of the nature reserve so employees could learn about the wider wildlife on site such as harvest mice, foxes, frogs, elm trees, 10 different species of bats which patrol the hedgerow, plus the Roesel's Bush-cricket and the Long-Winged Conehead bush-cricket – both of which only arrived in Nottinghamshire during 2008 but are now widespread.

Rukhsana Begum, [Early Careers Program Manager] at Thomson Reuters stated, “We recognise the value of our team giving back to the community and protecting wildlife on their doorstep, but it was also shown in the feedback from the day that our employees really enjoyed it which we hope goes on to develop their working relationships through this team-building exercise.  We know that by giving our staff days off to volunteer for charities such as Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust brings a multitude of benefits – including giving back to the local community, protecting our local natural environment and providing the opportunity for our new graduate program employees to get to know each other away from the confines of the office.  Doing physical activity outdoors in beautiful green spaces such as Attenborough Nature Reserve has been shown to improve employees’ health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally – and we are happy that we can work with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to put such team days in place and benefit from them.”

About the partnership, Holly McCain, Senior Development Officer at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said “We love showcasing our fantastic nature reserves to businesses and the public and welcome Thomson Reuters as a new Wildlife Guardian. There was such a positive response from the team during the conservation volunteering that we hope they will make it an annual event!”

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust invites businesses to become corporate supporters. For more information, email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Holly McCain on 0115 958 8242.

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