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Nature's Formula 1 success

[Monday 04 September 2006]

THE noise and the huge numbers of spectators associated with Formula 1 motor racing do not normally conjure up visions of a flourishing wildlife - but one of the world's top racing teams has turned its HQ into a nature reserve.

McLaren F1 success for nature conservation
Photo: McLaren Group

The McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey has been surrounded by five man-made lakes which have become a breeding ground for rare birds like reed and sedge warblers, plus insects like dragon and damsel flies.

Reason: the McLaren Group has joined the 2006 round of the British Trust for Ornithology's Business Bird Challenge, which persuades industrial groups to turn any spare land around their premises into wildlife havens.

Dozens of industries take part, ranging from water companies to quarries. And one entrant in this year's competition is Ripon Quarry at Bellflask, owned by Hanson Aggregates.

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