Mineral Product Association (MPA) members’ manage or control an area of land of over 115 square miles; an area equivalent to a National Park such as the Norfolk Broads.
This includes at least two National Nature Reserves, 22 local nature reserves, 15 field study and education centres and 13 nature trails. The industry plays a key role in halting the decline and providing net gains in biodiversity, establishing coherent and resilient networks of wildlife sites as required by the National Planning Policy Framework.
In 2015, the MPA held its prestigious biannual Quarries and Nature event at the Royal Society London with the theme ‘Building on Britain’s Natural Capital’ the event included speakers Dieter Helm, former Chairman of the Natural Capital Committee, environmentalist Tony Juniper and Alan Law, Chief Strategy and Reform Officer Natural England.
To celebrate MPA members achievements in creating amazing spaces for nature we held a a photo competition for employees from our member companies and from volunteers based at RSPB and Wildlife Trust nature reserves which are former quarries.
Entries could be images of species (both fauna and flora) and habitats (including their landscape setting) found on operational quarries, partly or fully restored sites or any site plant. The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel comprising Kate Macrae, wildlife educationalist, presenter and writer Sybil Ruscoe and wildlife photographer Russell Savory.
Tarmac Dry Rigg Quarry
Settle, North Yorkshire
Swallows nesting in a power shed at the quarry
Fixed Plant Fitter
Barcaldine, Nr Oban
Hector the deer at sunset.
By the jetty, Irish Salt Mining &
Exploration Co Ltd’s, Kilroot Mine,
near Carrickfergus, County Antrim.
Fully weaned Grey Seal pup.
John J Kaczanow
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon, the last to fledge. Under NE licence.