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Biodiversity Awards 2015
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.

The event also showcased some of the best examples of restoration and wildlife conservation anywhere in Europe the MPA Restoration Awards, MPA Biodiversity Awards and Quarries and Nature Photo competition.

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Information on the winners, featuring case
studies and photos, included below

'Building on Britain’s Natural Capital' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.
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MPA Quarries and Nature 2015

MPA Restoration Awards 2015

Site Operator Partners Location Case study Photo

Winner of the Cooper-Heyman Cup for outstanding restoration
Middleton Hall Hanson UK Mr Hemus, RSPB, Aston Villa Football Club and Middleton Hall Trust Nr Tamworth, Staffordshire Click here Click for larger
Highly Commended
Powburn (Branton) Quarry Cemex UK John Carr Ellison Alnwick, Northumberland Click here Click for larger
Workhouse Quarry Gallagher Aggregates Ltd n/a North Yorkshire Click here Click for larger
Goddards Quarry Cemex UK n/a Stoney Middleton,
Hope Valley,
Click here Click for larger
Lapwing Hall Quarry, Dingle Bank Sibelco n/a Chelford, Cheshire Click here Click for larger
Livox Quarry Hanson UK Crown Estate St Arvans, near Chepstow Click here  
Willington Quarry Cemex UK n/a Egginton, Derbyshire Click here Click for larger
Woolhampton Quarry Tarmac Wasing Estate West Berkshire Click here  

MPA Biodiversity Awards 2015

Entry Operator Location Case study Photo

Landscape Scale Restoration, in association with Natural England
Batts Combe and
Callow Rock Quarries
Hanson UK & Aggregate Industries Somerset Click here Click for larger
Hillhead Quarry Tarmac Derbyshire Click here Click for larger
Innovation Category
Conservation of Turtle
doves and twite
CEMEX UK Derbyshire (twite)
Warwickshire (turtle dove)
Click here Click for larger
Greystone Quarry Aggregate Industries Cornwall Click here Click for larger
Halecombe Quarry Tarmac Somerset Click here  
Repton Quarry Hanson UK Derbyshire Click here Click for larger
Scorton Quarry Tarmac North Yorkshire Click here  
Planned Restoration Category
Gill Mill Quarry Smith & Sons (Bletchington) West Oxfordshire Click here Click for larger
Alpha and Chalk Lakes, Cliffe Brett Aggregates Kent Click here Click for larger
Newbold Quarry Aggregate Industries Staffordshire Click here  
Ripon Quarry Aggregate Industries North Yorkshire Click here  
Individual Contribution Category
Winner of the Butterfield Trophy
Chris Pennock Tarmac For individual achievement Click here Click for larger

MPA Special Awards 2015

Reason Company Photo
For their pioneering work on Natural Capital at Mancetter Quarry,
Tarmac Click for larger
Antony Allday, assistant Quarry Manager for personal dedication
to bee keeping at Greystones Quarry, Cornwall
Aggregate Industries Click for larger
For their contribution to the restoration of The Cotswold Water Park Hills Group
Cullimore Group
Aggregate Industries

MPA Nature Photo Competition 2015

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.

Name Location Details Photo

Employee Category
Michael Cardus
Unit Manager
Tarmac Dry Rigg Quarry
Settle, North Yorkshire
Swallows nesting in a power shed at the quarry Click for larger
Second Prize
Paul McBurnie
Fixed Plant Fitter
Aggregate Industries
Glensanda Quarry,
Barcaldine, Nr Oban
Hector the deer at sunset. Click for larger
Third Prize
Linda Thompson
Office Secretary
By the jetty, Irish Salt Mining &
Exploration Co Ltd’s, Kilroot Mine,
near Carrickfergus, County Antrim.
Fully weaned Grey Seal pup. Click for larger
Volunteer Category
John J Kaczanow Knowle Quarry,
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon, the last to fledge. Under NE licence. Click for larger
Second Prize
Roger Bennett RSPB Langford Lowfields,
Two mute swans flying into the reserve. Click for larger
Third Prize
Roy McDonald WT College Lake Nature Reserve,
Common blue butterfly. Click for larger
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