We proactively protect and enhance biodiversity in our operational and service areas. With a special focus on the quality restoration and stewardship of our biggest landholdings, closed landfill sites (31 in total), we work in accordance with the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark Scheme.
This means after landfills are closed, our sites are restored to provide real and lasting biodiversity and amenity value, linking with local landscapes, with restoration schemes incorporating heathland, grassland, woodland, agriculture, and parkland.
Viridor has 8 closed landfill sites that hold the Wildlife Trusts Accredited Biodiversity Benchmark
We also work with partners such as Carymoor Environmental Trust and Somerset Wildlife Trust to gain expert advice. At some landfill sites restoration has been so successful they have become havens for several rare and endangered species (Dormice and bats at Odcombe and Sand Lizards, Adders and Woodlarks at Tatchells and Warmwell in Dorset).
Creating healthy places and habitats is just as important in urban areas too, and our long-term partnership with City of Trees in Greater Manchester has helped pioneer its Street Trees programmes.
A butterfly survey at Beddingham, our biodiversity benchmark site in the South Downs, has shown continued improvement in target species numbers, including six priority species. Highlights include the Silver-Spotted Skipper being recorded for the first time and 27 species of butterfly recorded.