The Glensanda super quarry is doing its bit to restore native woodland to a nation that has become better known for pine forests. The company has planted an initial 14 hectares of broad-leaved woodland with the aim of boosting local biodiversity.
The company’s management plan aims to conserve not just native woodland but blanket bogs, heath fens, mires and flushes. There is particular emphasis on encouraging butterflies, with some notable early successes such as the chequered skipper and pearl bordered fritillary. Other priority species that are already benefitting include otter, pine marten and wildcat.
Species benefitting include: chequered skippers, pearl bordered fritillary, narrow bordered bee-hawk moth, white spotted sable moth, pine marten and wildcat.