Salina Nature Reserve
The Betsson Group Affiliates (BGA) team turned their team event into an eco-initiative at the Salina Nature Reserve protected area.
the BGA team, within Commercial Department, sees CSR as an important part of giving back to the community and this March event is not the first time, they have teamed up with Bird Life Malta to make it happen.
The Salina Nature Reserve is a protected area forming part of the Natura 2000 network and also a Special Area of Conservation, managed by BirdLife Malta. One of the reserve’s members gave the BGA team an introduction to Salina, the salt pans, its history and its ecological importance. Next, the team was led on a tour of the site and then broke into two groups to assist with some works in the nature reserve.
Following a tree planting exercise done by the Salina team in the winter months, it was all about ensuring the trees and shrubs then make it through the harsh Maltese summer conditions. To this end a drip irrigation system was set up so that the trees can be regularly watered thus ensuring their survival and growth to enhance the habitat of the area.
The second group assisted the Salina team in collecting rubbish, mostly plastics, beached in the outer salt pans following the strong winds of the weekend. Such plastic litter is very dangerous for the birds of the area with gulls often mistaking the smaller bits for food and ingesting them.