Fife Coast and Countryside Trust Countryside Ranger Bob Weston and ten Trust volunteers recently replaced two rafts at Coul Den Local Nature Reserve, the new rafts provide safe areas for water fowl to roost and nest safe from predators.
The new rafts, replaced ones which had fallen into disrepair as they had been on site since the year 2000. The construction was made possible by a grant of £100 from Brand-Rex a communication company based in Glenrothes. Brenntag Glasgow team supplied thirty barrels, which were used to help with the floatation of the rafts.
Jim Gilmour, Operations Manager of Brenntag Glasgow, said: "We were approached by Fife Council enquiring whether they could purchase some empty containers. When I found out they were required for a charity project, Brenntag Scotland were delighted to offer them free of charge."
Coul Den Reservoir was originally constructed to supply water to the Haig bottling plant in Markinch, but is now a safe haven for many species of wildlife. The open water area is used mainly by Widgeon, Golden Eye in the winter months and Tufted Duck, Coots, Mallards, Moorhens and a pair of breeding Mute Swans along with a number of Common Gulls and Herons throughout the year.
Countryside Ranger Bob Weston commented, "The generous support of these businesses has enabled the volunteers to improve the habitat at Coul Den for a number of species of birds. Coul Den LNR is a fantastic place to see a variety of wildlife just a stone’s throw from the heart of Glenrothes."
John McIntosh, General Manager of Brenntag Glasgow, commented, "Our company was happy to contribute to the work at Coul Den LNR. As an organisation we are committed to supporting local causes and organisations, as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and Brenntag Giving program."