LAFARGE’S Whisby Quarry Is A Wildlife Winner
CREATING habitats for rare bird species and working closely with the local
wildlife trust has earned Lafarge’s Whisby Quarry two awards in a prestigious
The site, near Lincoln, was recognised in the ‘medium quarry class’ for the BTO
EDF Energy Business Bird Challenge 2010, winning both the Conservation award and
the Community award.
Run every two years the challenge seeks to honour the best business sites for
birds, conservation and people in the UK.
Awards are given to sites where birds thrive and initiatives are undertaken to
protect, enhance and promote biodiversity.
Whisby’s success in the Community category comes thanks to the close
relationship between quarry operators Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK and
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which leases a restored area.
This has allowed active public involvement including an education service and
In the Conservation category the site was applauded for the creation of a sand
martin bank and habitat reclamation to encourage birds such as nightingale and
warbler whose numbers have dropped by more than 50 per cent nationally since
Katie Aldridge, Challenge Organiser said:
“The number of birds using a site is a result of the number of well maintained
habitats present and is a great indication of the site’s health and the effort
that is being put into managing it.
“The BTO EDF Energy Business Bird Challenge gives the British Trust for
Ornithology an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work site managers, staff
and volunteers have invested in these business wildlife havens.
“Everyone at Lafarge’s Whisby Quarry Nature Reserve who was involved in the
provision of such superb habitats should be very proud.
“Winning both the Conservation and the Community Involvement awards in their
class is quite an achievement.”
David Park, Regional Restoration Manager for Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK,
“Whisby is a formal industrial site that is now a wonderful public amenity
enjoyed by tens of thousands of people every year and also provides habitat for
a wide range of bird and animal species.
“It is a fantastic example of the positive lasting legacy the extraction
industry can provide for generations to come once operations have finished and
is a testament to the management undertaken by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
“People might not link the Whisby Nature Reserve which exists now with sand and
gravel quarrying but the fact is without Lafarge’s excavations on that site the
reserve would not have been created.
“Lafarge is immensely proud of its restoration record and it is an honour to
receive recognition from such a significant organisation as the BTO.”
Phil Porter, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Warden at Whisby, said:
“Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust relishes the idea of working with the quarrying
industry where opportunities arise for the development of scare habitats on
disused sites especially where public access can be accommodated as well.
“WhisbyNaturePark is a fine example of what can be achieved with close working
relationships in this area.
“Lafarge are contributing to the retention and increase of biodiversity in
Lincolnshire through the availability of worked-out sites such as ours at Whisby.”
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