Initiatives at Each Site for the Preservation of Biodiversity
At each site of the Meiden Group, we are working to preserve biodiversity on the grounds of each site and nearby.
Head Office Area
In the head office area of Osaki, Shinagawa City, Tokyo, we take pictures of the organisms that live in the vicinity of the head office building and post them on the Ikimono Log website operated by the Ministry of the Environment. We hope to create a database with information on the organisms that live in the area.
Common bluebottle butterfly
Release of the ThinkPark Forest wild bird watering area monitoring report
We placed a motion-activated camera at the wild bird watering area we created in ThinkPark Forest. The footage from the camera shows visits from birds such as warbling white eyes and brown-eared bulbuls, while also providing evidence that the watering area is used as a stopover by migratory birds including being used by narcissus flycatchers as they pass by in summer.
Since fiscal 2016, we have compiled observation reports based on the recorded camera footage with the assistance of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan.
The Numazu works is blessed with the bounty of nature such as a green zone (area = approximately 65 thousand m2) and groundwater. We are conducting activities use these natural resources in a sustainable manner and contribute to the community.
Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children
At the Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children held by Numazu City, we introduced the environmental activities undertaken at the Numazu works. In fiscal 2018, there were 30 participants from 12 families living in Numazu City. They participated in surveys of organisms, test rides in electric vehicles, events featuring rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles, made possible by the support of Meiden System Manufacturing Corporation, and a tour of the solar power system at the south office block, which was completed in May, 2018. This event was a good opportunity to provide fond memories of the summer holidays for both parents and children while teaching them about the appeal of connections with nature.
We survey the diverse range of organisms that inhabit the grounds and include them in the Meidensha Numazu Works Ikimono Map.
In fiscal 2018, we conducted a survey of the organisms in the green zone in the grounds and discovered organisms such as the Asian swallowtail butterfly and the blue rock thrush. The results of the survey will be used in future activities.
Through the survey of organisms, we discovered atrocalopteryx atrata dragonflies, which are classified as class II endangered species, at the Numazu works. We hope to maintain a biotope where these dragonflies will lay their eggs.
Botanical Survey of On-Site Green Zone
At the Ota works, we conducted an on-site botanical survey and found more than 30 varieties of trees. We included the results of the survey on the Ota Works Green Zone Map and we will apply the knowledge gained fur future utilization of the green zone.
Ota Works Green Zone Map
Kanayama Red Pine Forest Conservation Activities
The red pine forest in Kanayama is the most well-known natural landscape in Ota City. Kanayama castle was created using the natural contours of Kanayama and it is a precious historic site that is listed in the top 100 castles in Japan. The Ota works is registered as part of the “red pine management owner system” and we work to preserve the red pine forest by participating in activities such as weeding.
On-Site Botanical and Ornithological Survey
In fiscal 2018, we conducted a botanical and ornithological survey of the Nagoya works. As a result of the survey, we discovered many varieties of trees, including trees that are native to the area such as holly, and cleyera japonica. Also, we found seven species of bird, including swallows and white wagtails. We will use the knowledge gained about the features of the works and the issues we are facing that were uncovered by this survey in future conservation activities.
Lawn area and grass lizard at the works