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									        Marwell’s Environmental Impact Worksheet
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Environmentally educational
(The Conservation Education Centre)
   The Education Centre was designed and built with sustainability in mind.
   The timber is renewable softwoods and the building is well insulated to
   conserve heat loss.
   The building is also a demonstration model of renewable energy use. The
   Scolar solar cells outside the centre capture the suns rays and generate
   electricity that is fed into the building.

Q: How many possible renewable energy sources can you think of?

A: Solar Power – from the sun; Wind Power – from the wind; Water
Power – from the power of water; Tidal Power – from the tides pull;
Biofuel Power– from renewable fast growing crops such as willow


This car-park is rubbish!
(Education Service Gate Car Park)
   Compact waste rubble, such as broken bricks and mortar, make a good
   hardcore and has been used to create the surface of this car park.
   The car park near the service road gate entrance reduces the number of
   cars which are driven around the park.

Q: How does reducing car use help the environment?

A: If there are fewer cars on the road then there is less fuel
consumption. This means less Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide
entering the atmosphere, both of which are Green House gases and
contribute to the warming of our planet through global warming.

Many, many other points available for discussion. i.e. reducing the use
of non-renewable fossil fuels


Recycled Plastic is fantastic!
(Picnic benches)
   Many of the benches around the zoo are made from recycled plastic.

Q: How does recycling plastic help save natural resources?

A: If we recycle our plastics we need to use less oil, a finite fossil fuel, to
make new plastics.

Again, many other points available for discussion. i.e. land fill
What do we do with the animal poo?
(Composting waste at the wallabies, capybara.)
   Many of the species kept at Marwell produce a lot of waste.
   We are currently trying to arrange a composting scheme whereby the
   animals waste is composted down into a saleable product.

Q: What would be the advantages of composting zoo waste products?

A: Less waste product to dispose of, so less transportation
costs/fuel/CO2 etc.

Yet again, many other points for discussion. i.e. production of a saleable
resource - compost


Money to shred
(Animal bedding at the kangeroo / Arabian Oryx)
   To minimise the amount of waste that is produced Marwell uses highly
   absorbent recycled paper bedding for some animals so that less is needed
   to be removed daily.
   The zebra bedding is actually shredded Bank Of England paper, left over
   after printing the banknotes.

Q: What other sources of recycled shredded paper could be used for
animal bedding?

A: The possible list is endless - Newspaper, yellow pages etc.


Boxes! Boxes! Boxes!
(The Ark Gift Shop)
   One of the greatest waste products produced at the shop is the cardboard
   boxes in which the stock arrives. This is taken away to be recycled.

Q: What do you / could you recycle at home?

A: The possible list is endless - Glass, plastic, paper and card, etc


Reeds in beds
(Reed bed system at the pond near the entrance gate)
   Instead of using fresh water each time we fill the pool, we filter the dirty
   water and reuse it.

Q: Why don’t we use chemicals to clean the water?
A: Potentially damaging to the animals. If the chemical leaks then it
pollutes the water system. No need for chemical and so saving
resources.


Posts by the pond
(The road marker posts at the front pond.)
   Even more uses for recycled plastic.

Q: Can you think where else recycled plastic could be used around your
school or college or home?

A: List is endless…


Get back on the bus
(The bus stop outside the zoo gate)
   The bus service was begun to encourage visitors to use public transport.
   We appreciate that many visitors with families will still want to use their
   own vehicles to visit the park.
Q: How might Marwell encourage visitors to bring a full car of people to
the zoo?

A: Family discount ticket – two adults and two children

Q: And why is it important that the cars are full if possible?

A: To save fuel and transportation costs, to reduce pollution from
vehicles.

Again, many other points for discussion.
Now you have seen how Marwell aims to reduce it’s environmental
impact, see if you can group the practices highlighted below.

NB: Some may go in more than one box.


Environmentally educational

This car-park is rubbish!

Recycled plastic is fantastic!

What do we do with the animal poo?

Money to shred

Boxes! Boxes! Boxes!

Reeds in beds

Posts by the pond

Get back on the bus




Use of resources                 Pollution control       Waste minimisation

								
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