Biodiversity Award

Translink wins Biodiversity Award

Translink, in partnership with the Ulster Wildlife Trust, has won a top award at the prestigious annual Sustainable Ireland Awards held in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The ‘Biodiversity Project of the Year’ award, sponsored by HSBC, was handed over at a glittering ceremony held recently in Belfast before a packed audience of leading players in the environmental, waste management and energy sectors.

The extent of Translink’s business, operating a bus and rail service across Northern Ireland incorporating a range of properties, structures and land, is impressive – and many of these locations, particularly the rail network, runs through or adjacent to areas that are important for conservation such as Special Areas of Conservation.

The winning Translink Biodiversity Project, supported by the Ulster Wildlife Trust, aims to ensure the company meets its biodiversity obligations through the effective and efficient management of its holdings.

A Biodiversity Action Plan has been developed, setting out priority habitats, species and actions that Translink commit to.  A range of ‘Environmental Information Sheets’ and associated workshops have also been developed in relation to specific issues, such as Bats, Otters, and Invasive Species, which were supported by NIEA and local specialists.  This guidance is open to staff and contractors who carry out work on Translink infrastructure.

The project is promoting a positive message to stakeholders on the work being done and enables measurement of positive impacts Translink’s holdings have with the view to long-term species monitoring.  In order to raise the profile of biodiversity a station poster campaign has been developed to focus on local issues and wildlife, with Translink holdings as the backdrop. As well as educating and raising awareness it is hoped that the posters will inspire people to appreciate and celebrate Northern Ireland’s biodiversity.

The NIEA Sustainable Ireland awards ceremony – now in its fourth year - is organised annually by Sustainable Ireland, the magazine that covers the energy, environmental and waste management markets. There are 13 categories covering every aspect of the waste management, environmental and energy markets, with the aim of identifying the best.

The magazine, and its sister publications,  ‘Plant & Civil Engineer,’ which covers the plant, construction and quarrying sectors, and ‘Export & Freight,’ Ireland’s leading transport and logistics magazine, is published by Hillsborough based 4Square Media.