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Emitel upholds the principles of responsibility towards the environment, its stakeholders and the business environment. Therefore, to celebrate the World Bee Day, the Company decided to join forces with Roi Się, which promotes and supports Polish apiaries, ensuring that its community can benefit from the gifts of nature. 

As part of this collaboration, Emitel will be the patron of its own beehive, inhabited by 60,000 bees. Emitel’s employees will have the opportunity to visit their bees, as well as volunteer in this special place. The cooperation is aimed at strengthening the green attitudes, thus increasing engagement in growing the population of bees, which only live in a healthy environment. Emitel will also take advantage of natural products of the apiary to promote bee protection by sharing occasional gifts with Company stakeholders. 

World Bee Day, which is celebrated on 20 May, was established by the UN on the initiative of Slovenia, which wanted to highlight the importance of bees for food supply and also pointed out that the use of pesticides in agriculture kills these helpful insects. The available data show that there are nearly 470 bee species in Poland, the most famous of which is the honeybee; however, other plants are pollinated by various other insects. This means that in order to ensure the security of the food supply, we need to take care of the biodiversity of pollinating insects.

According to ecologists, the main threat to bees is the loss of habitats – their food and breeding base, resulting from changes in land use. The growing area of cities and cultivated areas, dense land development and frequent mowing of lawns and meadows are only some of the changes that make life harder for these animals. Agriculture intensification, excessive or incorrect use of plant protection products and fertilisers, pathogens, invasive species, environmental pollution and climate change also affect bee welfare. It is estimated that in Poland the work of bees is worth over 4 billion PLN annually, and if it weren’t for these insects, we would have to forget about numerous fruit and vegetables, and cope with much lower yields of other crops.

 

The pair of peregrine falcons living in a nest on the tower belonging to Emitel S.A. in Dobra near Nowogard (West Pomeranian Voivodeship) have become parents – on 1 and 2 May, the first two young hatched.

If all goes well, they should be joined by the third any minute. Emitel employees participated in a competition to name the adult falcons. The results of the contest have been announced and the falcons have been named Emilka and Grześ.

Emitel has made space available for a nest on its premises in Dobra, financed cameras and is carrying out online transmissions. The “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals installed the nest. The daily life of the falcon family can be watched live on the website of the “Falcon” Society, which takes care of the birds, at: http://peregrinus.pl/dobra.

“We are glad that by cooperating with the “Falcon” Association we can contribute to the growth of the population of peregrine falcons, which is an endangered species. In the company, we call Grześ and Emilka and their chicks ‘our falcons’ because we are very committed to this initiative,” said Grzegorz Dwórnik, Product Manager at Emitel S.A., who is coordinating the project.

In the first few days after the young falcons have hatched, the male will provide them and the female with food. Later, when the chicks are more independent, the female will also go hunting. After about 3 weeks the chicks will be ringed by members of the “Falcon” Society. At the age of 5–6 weeks, the young falcons will start learning to fly.

“Almost all pairs of falcons out of the dozen or so that can be viewed live on our website have welcomed offspring this season. We hope that this will be another successful breeding season,” said Sławomir Sielicki, President of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals.

Emitel also supports transmission from the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, where falcons have been nesting since 1998. The Warsaw falcon pair, Giga and Franek, have three chicks this year, which hatched a week before the young falcons in Dobra. The camera view is available under the link http://peregrinus.pl/pl/warszawa-pkin-podglad-z-warszawy.

More info:

Agnieszka Sobucka

PR Manager, Spokesperson

mobile: +48 507 710 701

e-mail: Agnieszka.Sobucka@emitel.pl

 

Sławomir Sielicki

President of the “Falcon” Society for Wild Animals

mobile: +48 608 36 56 46

e-mail: falco@peregrinus.pl