BBC Springwatch visits Veolia landfill to explore biodiversity

Veolia Environmental Services, the UK’s leading recycling and waste management company, is pleased to announce that BBC Springwatch will be broadcasting from its landfill site at Pitsea, Essex from 13 - 16 June 2011. The show will reveal that this unusual location is actually bursting with wildlife activity. 

During the week, BBC presenter Liz Bonnin, will discover that there is more than meets the eye across this 680 acre site that provides food and shelter for a huge range of creatures. The show will explore the biodiversity of wildlife living on the landfill, investigate further how the land around the site can be restored and discover other by-products from the site such as creating energy and recycling green waste into compost. 

The landfill site is known for attracting a variety of unusual animals such as lizards, water voles and green woodpeckers. In 2011, the company was awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark certification for all the work put in to promote, enhance and protect the biodiversity on site. 

Shaun Taylor, Landfill Manager at Veolia Environmental Services’ Pitsea said: “Landfill and wildlife are not two things people would usually put together, but actually at our landfill we have a really diverse range of species that we know will be interesting for viewers. Veolia take great care and pride to protect all the creatures and plants on site whilst ensuring we can continue to operate.”

Springwatch will be back on your screens from Monday May 30th 8pm – 9pm on BBC 2. Activities at Veolia’s Pitsea Landfill site will be from 13 – 16 June. For more information visit or join in the conversation on Twitter @Veolia_ES_UK using #Springwatch.