Lafarge’s Whisby Quarry is a wildlife winner
Lincolnshire quarry picks up two awards in BTO EDF Energy Business Bird Challenge 2010
CREATING habitats for rare bird species and working closely with the local wildlife trust has earned Lafarge’s Whisby Quarry two awards in a prestigious nature competition.
The site, near Lincoln, was recognized in the ‘medium quarry class’ for the BTO EDF Energy Business Bird Challenge 2010, winning both the Conservation award and the Community award.
Run every two years, the Challenge seeks to honour the best business sites for birds, conservation and people in the UK. Awards are given to sites where birds thrive and initiatives are undertaken to protect, enhance and promote biodiversity.
Whisby’s success in the Community category was thanks to the close relationship between Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which leases a restored area of the site. This has allowed active public involvement including an education service and volunteer programme.
In the Conservation category, the site was applauded for the creation of a sand martin bank (pictured) and habitat reclamation to encourage birds such as nightingales and warblers, whose numbers have dropped by more than 50% nationally since 1995.
David Park, regional restoration manager for Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, said: ‘Whisby is a former industrial site that is now a wonderful public amenity enjoyed by tens of thousands of people every year and also provides habitat for a wide range of bird and animal species.
‘It is a fantastic example of the positive lasting legacy the extraction industry can provide for generations to come once operations have finished and is a testament to the management undertaken by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.’