CEMEX UK–RSPB Partnership in Action
October 26, 2017.
A thousand hectares of land in most need of conservation have been created thanks to the special partnership between the UK’s largest conservation charity, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and CEMEX UK.
A thousand hectares, which would cover an area twice as big as the 2012 Olympic Park in London, have been restored to provide a much-needed diverse range of habitats, including nearly 600 hectares of diverse grasslands, over 177 hectares of woodland, 100 hectares of heathland and 190 hectares of ponds and open waters.
These habitats provide homes for 46 threatened species of birds such as twites, house sparrows, swifts and turtle doves, plus many species of wildlife – brown hares, water voles, European eel, small blue butterfly, and an extensive range of plant life including rare species, such as bluebells.
In 2010, the partnership CEMEX UK–RSPB developed a biodiversity strategy with the aim of creating outstanding habitats on CEMEX land. The demanding target of 1,000 hectares was set for the year 2020, but it has just been reached 3 years ahead of schedule with the 1000th hectare created at Hopwas Quarry, near Tamworth in the West Midlands.
The first hectare to benefit from the partnership in 2010, was Eversley Quarry in Hampshire, where over the years a mosaic of different habitats has been created alongside community sports facilities. The latest project includes the creation of reed beds to encourage bitterns mating, which currently have a small population of around 80 breeding pairs in the UK.
Other quarry sites that have made a significant contribution to nature include: Southam in Warwickshire, with a dedicated area of sparse wasteland for the small blue butterfly; Dove Holes in Derbyshire, where a meadow has been planted with a flower rich mix, including sorrel for the twite bird; and Cambusmore in Scotland, with its rich grasslands and open waters, the perfect environment for wildfowl and birds of prey.
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