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MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2015


Powburn Quarry
Operator: CEMEX UK
Location: Northumberland

In partnership with land owner John Carr Ellison.


MPA Restoration Award Winner

Through the eyes of a child, CEMEX’s restored Powburn quarry in Northumberland is a place full of excitement and interest. A place where you might well see swans, ducks, butterflies, foxes and even otters. Plus, of course, a good few “mini beasts”!

Through the eyes of a teacher, it’s a great resource that can be used across different areas of the curriculum. A place where you can make learning fun.

The youngsters from the adjoining Branton Community First School have their own direct access to the site. They love this place so much that it even features in the school badge!

But this restored site with its views of the Cheviots is also magical for the wider community and is well used most days of the year, not least by bird watchers.

The site has two lakes, one of which is for fishermen as well as nature conservation. The facilities that have been provided include a bird hide, interpretation boards, a dipping pond and disabled access. In total, 55 species of birds have been recorded plus 14 mammals, five reptiles and amphibians, plus 21 butterflies and damselflies. The grassland habitat is maintained by ponies that have been brought in to do just that.


'Realising the Potential...Progress and Partnership' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.

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