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Improving biodiversity, habitats and landscape during and after quarrying.

The mineral products and extraction industry has made and continues to make an incredibly valuable contribution to creating unique habitats and improving biodiversity both during and after operations.

Both wet and dry quarries offer a huge range of opportunities to develop natural landscapes and habitats for native fauna and flora. These habitats including heathland, hay meadows, calcareous grassland and wetlands have been in serious decline; along with the decline in the population of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, wildflowers and many other species.

Now the Institute of Quarrying brings a new interactive workshop to help quarry professionals build their skills and knowledge in this vital area.



This workshop is ideally suited for quarry managers, supervisors, area operations managers, ecologists, restoration managers and those involved in estates management and planning.

The day will be led by Andy Littler who has spent 40 years in the industry, devising and implementing biodiversity action plans and managing restoration schemes. He will be assisted by ecologist David Broom and former Head of Sustainability for Hanson, Martin Crow.

Delegates will enjoy an interactive and engaging session packed with practical examples. It also includes a field visit to an adjacent nature reserve and quarry restoration scheme in progress.

This workshop qualifies for 6 hours of certified CPD.



9.30   Arrival tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome and introductions

10.10 Quarries, landscape and biodiversity: Biodiversity action plans and case studies 1; lead by Andy Littler

10.50 Introduction to ecology and habitats; lead by David Broom

11.30 Refreshment break

11.50 Where Biodiversity fits within the wider regulatory and sustainability framework; lead by Martin Crow

12.40 Question and answer session

12.50 Lunch

13.30 Quarries, landscape and biodiversity: Biodiversity action plans and case studies 2; lead by Andy Littler

14.10 Practical examples of quarry restoration, successes and failures; lead by David Broom

14.50 Question and answer session

15.00 Field visit: short walk from the National Stone Centre to Gang Mine nature reserve and Dene Quarry

16.30 Workshop ends


Date: Wednesday 8th June 2022

Location: The National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm


Places are priced at £180.00 each (£150.00 + VAT)

The places for this training event are limited. Please complete the booking form below to secure your place. Once we receive your booking, you will receive a separate email to confirm payment arrangements.