Tucklesholme quarry is located five miles southwest of Burton-upon-Trent and was purchased by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in 2013. In 2018, Aggregate Industries ceased mineral extraction and restoration works began. It is the second opening of an Aggregate Industries quarry-turned-nature reserve this year, following the opening of Ripon City Wetlands in May.
The new array of habitats at Tucklesholme includes extensive reedbeds, which attract birds like the ringed plover, oystercatcher, and the reclusive bittern. The reeds also act as a filter for the water they are rooted in, improving water quality and boosting the food supply for fish and birds.
The project also deliberately limited the numbers of trees planted in order to allow species to thrive with a reduced threat from predators, while also creating an open nature reserve for visitors to enjoy. Channels have also been dug around the site to provide additional, seasonal wetlands whenever the nearby river rises.
Tucklesholme is part of a wider project to transform quarries in the region to create a wetland network dubbed ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
“To have two quarry restorations in the space of weeks in incredibly rare, and is testament to our commitment to making sure our sites serve a purpose at the end of their lives,” said Tim Claxton, Regional Estates Manager at Aggregate Industries. “We worked closely with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to create a tailored environment for a wide array of species. We are looking forward to seeing our former site becoming a new home for an abundance of wildlife.”
“This year marks Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th birthday and is a great way to mark it,” said Jeff Sim, Senior Conservation Manager at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. “We are hopeful of Tucklesholme developing into one of our finest nature reserves and a place for a wide array of wildlife for many years to come. We have a real hope that Tucklesholme will one day be the breeding home of bitterns – who rely on habitats like reedbeds to breed and thrive.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/25062019/aggregate-industries-restores-quarry-to-wetland/