As a healthcare company Janssen is keen on biodiversity. We recognize the importance of nature for our health. That is the reason why we try to affect the biodiversity on the site as much as we can.
For sustainable nature conservation Janssen believes in the power of partnerships. The Prevention Department brought all parties together (Janssen General & Technical Services, Agency for Nature and Forest, Forest Group Noorderkempen, the Public Flemish Waste Company, Arcadis, etc.), to continue to work - also in 2013 - on:
- The perpetuation of the limited mowing of the grassland because this proved successful;
- The removal of exotic plants, such as wild black cherry and butterfly bushes;
- The removal of a cultivated beech hedge and the plantation of a forest edge at the level of the Toekomstlaan
- The expansion of the current open woodland area and the placement of sods in this area in order to restore heath.
- The maintenance of insect holes at the Beerse 1 and 2 sites.
- Ensuring a safe crossing for the amphibian population.
In 2013 some Janssen nature lovers, together with Natuurpunt De Kievit, took place in the annual amphibians road-crossing campaign in the Toekomstlaan in Beerse. Safe crossing was ensured for the amphibian population to its spawning area behind the Beerse 2 site. Due to the harsh winter, the amphibians really had a hard time in 2013. Despite the late crossing, 401 toads and 183 salamanders safely reached the other side. During the past 25 years more than 11,200 ordinary toads and almost 9,300 alpine newts were taken to the other side.