Does nature thrive, where we drive? asks national biodiversity project
The SMP Alliance, which supports delivery of National Highways wider construction and maintenance programme, is committed to protecting the natural environment that surrounds its roads and has pledged to prevent the net loss of biodiversity through its activities.
Molly Guirdham, Biodiversity Lead at SMP Alliance: “The iNaturalist app is allowing even more of our site colleagues to contribute by monitoring and recording biodiversity on a national level across our schemes. In turn, that is making a measurable contribution to our Enhanced Environments outcome and ultimately the SMP Alliance vision of making the road network safer, greener and evermore efficient.”
Kathryn Cooper, Head of ESG at Hill and Smith Infrastructure, said: “The feedback that we have received about the project has been really positive. People have really enjoyed the sense of purpose during their time outdoors.”
She added: “Consciously looking out for biodiversity has got people out of their heads and into the present moment, taking in the sights, sounds and smells around them, which is proven to contribute to mental wellbeing. It’s been great to lead improvements in mental health and wellbeing for our industry.”