Staunton Harold Bird Hide Photo 1

MWH Treatment and Severn Trent volunteers provide new feature for Derbyshire reservoir

MWH Treatment and Severn Trent worked together to add a fantastic new feature to Staunton Harold Reservoir. The collaborative effort between both companies meant that the visitor site based in Derbyshire now has a brilliant new bird hide for all to enjoy.​


Bill Stannard, from Severn Trent, said: “We were looking for a project that would allow Severn Trent and MWH Treatment to work together on something that would not only be hugely rewarding for ourselves, but beneficial to the community.

Staunton Harold is located right by our Melbourne water treatment site – so we got in touch with the visitor site team to see if there’s anything we could do that would be valuable to our visitors. We were told that lots of people visit Staunton for the wildlife, but it’s lacking a bird hide. So we decided to join forces with MWH Treatment to fill that gap.”

MWH Treatment’s Maurice Stokes said: “I was passionate about this project when Severn Trent approached me with the idea, and the way it turned out on the day was a true demonstration of collaboration and team work between Severn Trent and MWH Treatment. On the day, the volunteers’ commitment was exemplary, they experienced weather from every season, even sheltering from hailstones! However, that didn’t deter them from continuing on with care, thoughtfulness and pride to ensure they were leaving behind a hide that would last many, many years.”

Thanks to the combined efforts of MWH Treatment and Severn Trent, visitors to Staunton Harold can now use the new bird hide on their visit, as well as taking advantage of the miles of walks, water sports, idyllic picnic spots and children’s play area at the reservoir. Bill added, “The day turned out to be a great example of team building and collaborative working, while giving something back to the community.”

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