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CARE HOME AT BLACKWATER UNDERTAKES IMPORTANT CONSERVATION WORK

DucksatblackwaterStaff at Blackwater Mill Residential Home have been working on some exciting, new conservation projects.

The home, which is set on extensive grounds next to a vast mill pond fed by the River Medina, is a popular spot for wildlife, insects and plants.

In consultation with the Environmental Agency, they have been improving the river and lake for the fauna and flora that reside there, with the greater aim of preserving the wildlife around the river.

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A protected species of Eel also lives in the river which feeds and flows to the back of the lake, with manager, Penny Tyau currently working on securing funding to introduce Eel passes on the river so the eels can continue their journey upstream in order to spawn.

Within the grounds, residents and staff have worked together to create insect hotels and natural boundaries for the wildlife and plants. Furthermore, 15 ex-battery hens have chosen Blackwater Mill grounds for their retirement and will be free to roam the wildflower garden, with the residents looking forward to helping care for them.

Manager Penny said:

“Inspiring the process is the most accomplished Bill Shepard who we are fortunate enough to have staying in our home. Bill, who is a Freeman of Newport and a long-standing member of the historical society, has written countless books on the fauna and flora of the Isle of Wight.

“Bill and I talk in depth on the natural conservation projects we are embarking on. He is a font of knowledge and guides the projects with his expertise on the natural history of the Island.”

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The care home’s kitchen is also coming on board with the conservation project, starting with sending all food scraps to the compost bins which were handcrafted by its maintenance team.

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Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson
6 days ago

A huge ‘Well done’ to all the team at this care home; I hope you are very proud of what you are achieving. Let’s hope that others follow your lead !

Penny
Penny
Reply to  Ian Johnson
6 days ago

Thank you Ian, we are truly enjoying seeing how the wildlife are flourishing on the land. It brings such joy to the residents and the staff to have such beauty around us.

June
June
6 days ago

This is so important not only to wildlife but also to the residents. They may need care 24 hrs but doesn’t mean they still cannot contribute to society, better they are helping than being left alone 70% of the time in their rooms. Well done Blackwater, would be lovely if you had an all weather area for the residents outside of the building – a change of scene does the brain good.

Penny
Penny
Reply to  June
6 days ago

Thank you so much June, plans are underway for this project with an outdoor area currently being altered. Our residents do love the surrounding beauty that we are incredibly lucky to have on our door step. We will do all we can to incorporate it into their daily life.

Robert Simpson
Robert Simpson
4 days ago

Please get your facts correct. Eels do not spawn in fresh water. They arrive in fresh water as elvers from the Sargasso Sea and after spending a few years in fresh water return to their place of birth to breed and die.

 

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