A recent survey carried out by Cemex UK revealed that its quarry sites are home to 15 different bird of prey species. The bird spotted most regularly was the buzzard, with the kestrel following closely behind. Both of these species were found to be frequenting over half of Cemex UK’s quarries. The survey also found that sparrow hawks were visiting the sites more often, while the number of visits from red kites and the hobby have remained fairly stable. Barn owls and peregrines were found at a third of the quarry sites. These species are all fully protected in the UK.
“I have been working for Cemex for the past 20 years. I love to see the different species that visit the quarry. Over the years we have thought about our method of working and restored areas to accommodate some species, particularly sand martins and little ringed plovers. I have seen a large and welcome increase in the buzzard and summer visitors include hobby, which like to hunt the sand martins. We also had a visit from two red kites this year, which was exciting. I can’t imagine a world without seeing these amazing birds of prey, free to swoop and hover over our sites, long may it continue with the good work on our quarry teams,” said Andy Barber, Berkswell Quarry Manager.
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/19092013/cemex_uk_quarry_visits_birds_of_prey_192/