Cultivating Heathrow's own Citizen Scientists

As well as runways and terminals, Heathrow also plays a part in managing the diverse natural habitats so important to our local communities. With responsibility for various local rivers and streams, we're encouraging our colleagues to lend a hand and be at the heart of the wider society we serve.

Our passionate volunteers work with FreshWater Watch, a research project taking place in 25 cities around the world, and aims to involve 100,000 people in a programme to safeguard the supply of freshwater for future generations.

"Citizen Scientists" take an active role in scientific data-gathering. Supervised by experts, they join a large global community working together to promote freshwater sustainability.

In 2015, Heathrow colleagues joined FreshWater Watch to understand how they can play their part in tackling the environmental challenges we face, learning how to test water quality in bodies of water around the airport.

Our very own Citizen Scientists are now primed to take part in FreshWater Watch – Earthwatch's global citizen science project to study water quality. They will test freshwater bodies near their home or around Heathrow for Nitrate and Phosphate levels.

Heathrow’s Sustainable Mobility Zone in partnership with Guardian Sustainable Business