Quarry restoration, landscape and biodiversity

Technical event
24 March 2021
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Andy Littler argues that due to the very nature of old quarries and pits that there is a huge opportunity to promote increased biodiversity whilst leaving behind pleasing and interesting landscapes. UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) case studies over 20 years are used to illustrate methods practiced in operational and former rock quarry and gravel pit sites over four counties. In some instances the results are spectacularly successful, in others lessons need to be learnt and the importance of training and scheme maintenance is emphasised. The presentation uses mainly images, many in chronological sequence, to illustrate practical earthmoving, soil handling, seeding and planting techniques and the hierarchy of flora and fauna which thrive as a result. The aim of the webinar is to inform and persuade quarry professionals of the benefits of thoughtful restoration along with the social and corporate responsibility and mineral planning context.


Andy Littler MIQ, Andy Littler is a geologist, chartered mineral pro,


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