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Local community activities

Every year our sites interact with their local communites in a variety of ways, below is selection of examples these activities.

 

Warmwell Quarry - Lodmor Nature Reserve

The RSPB's Lodmor Nature Reserve near Weymouth in Dorset has one of the south-west's largest common tern colonies.

In September 2014 20 tonnes of clean gravel was donated from the company's Warmwell Quarry and this has been put to good use creating future breeding habitat for these delightful silver-grey and white birds.

The common tern chooses to nest on poorly vegetated surfaces close to water and regularly colonises islands left as a consequence of sand and gravel quarrying. The RSPB were looking to create a number of similar islands within their Lodmor Nature Reserve and approached the company to supply suitable material.

 

Warmwell Quarry - Bere Regis School crossing

In 2011 Dorset County Council took the decision to stop funding the school crossing patrol site at Bere Regis First School.

Vehicles delivering sand from the company's Warmwell Quarry regularly pass the school and the ongoing safety of children is a priority for the business.

Aggregate Industries decided to step in  and along with three other local aggregates companies have funded the school crossing patrol since 2012.

 

Callow Quarry - Macmillan coffee morning

Callow Rock Quarry participated in the Macmillan “biggest ever coffee morning” on the 26th September with an estimated 100 people visiting the quarry, having a guided tour, taking part in a raffle or guessing the weight of a rather large rock and participating in a cup of coffee with some very fine cake – the event raised £735.

 

Greystone Quarry - Visitor centre and bee-hive

Greystone Quarry has recently refurbished the former asphalt plant cabin for use as a dedicated visitor centre.

The site has actively engaged with the Tamar Valley AONB organisation.  In addition the quarry wanted a do their bit to enhance biodiversity, so in response to the many national items on declining bee populations and the importance of pollination in crop generation, Antony Allday - Assistant Quarry Manager went to a  bee keeping training course and is a member of the local bee keepers cooperative, he established a successful beehive on quarry Tip 2 during 2014, and has plans to introduce more in future years.  The first harvest of honey is expected in 2015, but as the hive is in a working part of the quarry it is not accessible to the general public.

 

Little Paxton Quarry - Dragonfly platform

With the assistanece of Aggregate Industries a purpose-built pond and viewing platform is enabling visitors to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve to get close views of dragonflies and damselflies. 

Created by the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Huntingdonshire District Council and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, this new facility has also been supported by the Environment Agency and Water-Lines Solutions.

The viewing platform, designed and installed by the Reserve Rangers and volunteers, was sponsored by Central England Co-operative with money raised through sales of its 2013 Wildlife calendar.

Welcoming the new facility, Senior Ranger Jim Stevenson said:

“The open, sunny position of the artificial pond has proved very attractive to these magnificent insects. After spending many months, sometimes years, as pond creatures, dragonflies only live for about a month as creatures of the air. Fortunately, different species are on the wing at different times of the summer, so there’s every chance you’ll see some throughout this period.”

Thanking all the partners in the project, Friends Trustee Ray Matthews said:

“We are grateful to our partners in this complex and innovative project.  Completion would not have been possible without their enthusiastic support.  As a result, we can raise the profile of this fascinating group of insects on the Reserve.” 

 

Haughmond Hill - Upper Warren  boardwalk restoration

Upton Warren – also known as the Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve, near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire is the premier bird watching site in the region.  As part of the annual improvement works, a new boardwalk, new hides and scrub management are being undertaken.

In order to try and reduce the cost of the works, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust approached Aggregate Industries to ask if a donation of materials could be found to help. Haughmond Hill quarry provided 20 tonnes of 40mm –dust which will used as sub-base for the boardwalk. 

The site provides an important landscape link between the Droitwich Canal wetlands, the Birmingham and Worcester Canal and the Rivers Salwarpe and Severn.  It has hosted nesting bittern but also a wide array of other species including Cetti’s warbler, otter, whimbrel and even a Mediterranean gull.

Aggregate Industries’ relationship with the Wildlife Trusts nationally is an important part of our CSR programme and many of our sites across the UK are corporate members – supporting environmental work in their local counties.

 

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