While we were building a new mail sorting hub and head office for UK Mail at Prologis Park Ryton, we realised that a family of sand martins, migrating north from Africa, had built a nest in a borrow pit the contractors had dug on site. Aware that sand martins are a protected species, we created a wide exclusion zone around the borrow pit and the birds spent a peaceful summer while we carried on with the UK Mail facility.
In September, the sand martins departed and we filled in the borrow pit. But, realising that Ryton is on the birds’ migration route, we looked for a more suitable nesting site in the local area. Fortunately, Prologis Park is close to Ryton Pools Country Park and we worked closely with the park rangers and our ecology consultants FPCR, to create a purpose-built summer habitat.