Tim Harvey is Manager at Hanson’s Wykeham Quarry near Scarborough in North Yorkshire and has been there for the past three of his 15 years with the company. In that time, he has shown enormous hands-on enthusiasm for biodiversity and has come up with a string of ideas through which to enhance it.
It is particularly significant that Tim is a keen and highly capable wildlife photographer. So much so that the walls of his office are adorned with shots, not of quarry excavators, but of owls, kingfishers, water voles, deer and much more. The pictures reflect a huge commitment to a cause for which he is never short of new ideas.
Wykeham must be one of the few sand and gravel processing plants anywhere with owl boxes attached to it. And what’s more they are regularly used by both barn owls and kestrels! Tim has also instigated the placement of gravel on lake edges to encourage oyster catchers to breed and he has created an artificial sand martin bank which is used every year by 20 to 30 pairs.
He has also arranged for ditches to be dug to encourage water voles to breed. And he has worked with both Hull and Leeds universities to develop practical ideas to encourage protected species and wading birds.