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Dounreay Volunteers Support Two Environment Projects
More than 22 volunteers from Dounreay joined forces with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers to relay a path to a bird hide at Loch of Mey on Tuesday & Wednesday.

The volunteers completed the project on schedule which included wheel barrowing a mound of gravel to repair the path and installing a bench along the way. The bench was made by UKAEA Dounreay employee Andrew Chadwick.

Marie Mackay, Dounreay’s BTCV staff co-ordinator said “I am pleased that so many staff once again volunteered for this project. UKAEA partners the BTCV nationally in order to support communities near to its sites with worthwhile environmental initiatives.”

During the project BTCV were presented with a cheque from funds raised during Dounreay’s World Environment Day on 6th June 2005.

Running simultaneously with the BTCV project, was a beach clean at Dunnet Beach. Enough rubbish to fill a 16-tonne tipper truck was removed from Dunnet Beach on Wednesday during the clean-up by volunteers from Dounreay.

Hundreds of bottles, discarded plastic containers, drums, fishing net and a variety of other rubbish was lifted from the beauty spot.

The clean-up was organised in response to concern locally about the amount of rubbish on the beach as the main summer tourist season drew closer.

About 30 volunteers from UKAEA were joined by Rolls Royce apprentices from the neighbouring Vulcan site.

They filled an estimated 300 refuse sacks with rubbish collected during several hours of clean-up on Wednesday afternoon. A local resident, Sandy Sutherland, helped Dounreay contractor Johnson Controls to take away the rubbish.

Clean-up organiser June Love said: "We felt that clearing away the mountain of rubbish that had accumulated on the beach in recent months was a good way to put something back into the community and at the same time improve the environment for all of us to enjoy."