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MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards

Mineral Products Association (MPA) members are planning to increase the area of priority habitats on restored sites from 6,000 hectares currently to around 9,000 hectares in coming years, and increase the length of hedgerows planted from 79 km to 237 km.  The area of priority habitat would be equivalent to the size of Cardiff, and hedgerow would stretch from London to Cardiff.

In 2017, the MPA held its prestigious biannual Quarries and Nature event at the Royal Society London with the theme ‘Appreciating Assets' the event included speakers Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts, Professor Steve Ormerod, Cardiff Professor of Ecology and until recently Chairman of RSPB and Tom Butterworth Associate Director of WSP.

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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Biodiversity Action Plans / Management Plans - MPA Guidance for Members

Information on the winners included below

‘Appreciating Assets' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.
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MPA Quarries and Nature 2017

MPA Restoration Awards 2017

Site Operator Partners Location Photo
Winner of the Cooper-Heyman Cup for outstanding restoration
Panshanger Park Tarmac

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Hertfordshire County Council

Hertford, Hertfordshire
Highly Commended
Chipping Sodbury Quarry Barnhill Redevelopment Hanson UK   Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire
Cloddach Quarry Tarmac   Elgin, Moray
Conningbrook Lakes Brett Group   Ashford, Kent
Quartzite Quarry CEMEX UK   Cromhall, Gloucestershire
Tattershall Thorpe CEMEX UK   Conningsby, Lincolnshire
Whiteball Quarry -
Old Town Phases 1-4
Hanson UK   Whiteball, Somerset
Rampton Quarry Tarmac   Rampton, Nottinghamshire
Pode Hole Quarry Aggregate Industries
Charles Horrell Thorney, Cambridgeshire

MPA Biodiversity Awards 2017

Entry Operator Partners Location Photo
Landscape Scale Restoration, in association with Natural England

Cornwall China Clay District - Restoration and Re-Creation of Lowland Heathland

Imerys Minerals Ltd   St Austell China Clay Area, Mid Cornwall  
Highly Commended
Blackhill Quarry Aggregate Industries   Exeter, Devon  
Trent and Tame Valleys Tarmac, CEMEX UK, Hanson UK and Aggregate Industries Nature After Minerals, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts    
Wood Farm, Bubbenhall Quarry and Bubbenhall Wood Smiths Concrete Ltd Hanson and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Bubbenhall, Warwickshire  
Sandy Heath Quarry Tarmac RSPB Sandy, Bedfordshire  
Rammamere Heath Tarmac The Greensand Trust Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire  
Tattershall Thorpe / Woodhall Spa Nature Reserve CEMEX UK Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire  
Croft Quarry Aggregate Industries   Croft, Leicester  
Cauldon Limestone Quarry Lafarge Cauldon Ltd Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire  
Innovation Category
New Scroggs SSSI, Keepershield Quarry Hanson UK   Hexham, Northumberland  
Highly Commended
Crown Farm Quarry Atkins Tarmac Oakmere, Cheshire  
UK Quarry Life Award Scheme Hanson UK      
Horsehay Quarry Smith and Sons (Bletchington) Ltd Oxfordshire County Council, Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts and Banbury Ornithological Society Duns Tew, Oxfordshire  
Cauldon Cement Lafarge Cauldon Ltd   Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire  
Caldon Low Quarry Aggregate Industries   Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire  
Habitat Mapping as a Strategic Guide to the Restoration of Tarmac Quarries Tarmac      
Planned Restoration Category
Brickworth Quarry Raymond Brown Aggregates   Whiteparish, Salisbury, Wiltshire  
Highly Commended
Eversley Quarry - Fleethill Farm CEMEX UK   Eversley, Hampshire  
Dry Rigg and Arcow Quarries Tarmac   Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire  
Derbyshire Limestone Quarries Tarmac   Tunstead Quarry, Buxton, Derbyshire
Ballidon Quarry, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Dene Quarry, Cromford, Derbyshire
Earls Barton Quarry Hanson UK   Earls Barton, Northampton  
Cauldon Cement Lafarge Cauldon Ltd   Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire  
Individual Contribution Category
Winner of the Butterfield Trophy
Michael (Mik) Cardus Tarmac
Dry Rigg Quarry, North Yorkshire
  For commitment to biodiversity at Dry Rigg Quarry, Settle, North Yorkshire
Highly Commended
Brian and Susan Morland Bellflask Ecological Survey Team / Hanson UK   For commitment to biodiversity at Ripon Quarry, Ripon, North Yorkshire

MPA Special Award 2017

Reason Company Photo
'Peregrine Watch', an initiative to deter wildlife crime Marshalls plc

MPA Nature Photo Competition 2017

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.

Name Location Details Photo
Employee Category
Michael Cardus
Unit Manager
Arcow Quarry,
North Yorkshire
Quarry sand martins Click for larger
Second Prize
David Soons
Production Operative
Cotswold Water Park Trust
Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve,
North WIltshire
Hobby Click for larger
Third Prize
Ian Rumbellow
Site Manager
Bucklesham Quarry,
Oystercatcher sitting on her nest Click for larger
Volunteer Category
Hawk Honey Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Lackford Lakes,
Stoat with rabbit Click for larger
Second Prize
Roy McDonald

East Leake Quarry,

Bee-eater Click for larger
Third Prize
Stuart Carlton RSPB
Langford Lowfields, 
Male bearded tit Click for larger
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