Key Sectors | Minerals & Quarries
Peak Ecology have been working with the minerals industry since the company formed; at the Derbyshire head office we are well placed geographically as there are numerous quarrying operations in the East Midlands area.
We have been involved in different aspects within this industry, for example:
- Aggregates levy funding application;
- EcIA for new and existing quarry extensions;
- Biodiversity audits and action plans;
- Habitat management plans;
- Surveys for wind turbine developments;
- Mentorship of placement students.
We have undertaken numerous surveys on quarry sites including Extended Phase 1 habitat and NVC level botanical surveys and various protected species surveys including: bats, badger, great-crested newts, water vole, otter and white-clawed crayfish. We have also worked alongside fisheries consultants and undertaken electro-fishing surveys on some old quarry workings.
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Minerals & Quarries | Case Study
Longcliffe Quarries Ltd (Limestone)
We have been providing ecological support to Longcliffe on a regular basis as for the last 3 years.
Projects have included carrying out planning requirements for a large quarry extension such as writing woodland management plans and implementation, a biodiversity action plan (BAP), restoration time-line and developing a phased restoration plan to satisfy the planning process (this involved negotiation as to scope required and technical details with the planning authority).
In addition, we have done scoping works on another extension to a different Longcliffe quarry for the ROMP process, which included giving technical and strategic advice, carrying out the subsequent required surveys and final reporting including impact assessments and mitigation. Importantly, we have a clear understanding of the need to incorporate landscape character requirements hand-in-hand with ecological mitigation.
Further, we have written three BAPs for Longcliffe landholdings, which included working and disused quarries. This was carried out under the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, which we successfully applied for on behalf of Longcliffe and we then carried out all the surveys and wrote the subsequent BAPs, this also involved input into a ROMP for one of the quarries. Under this work we did detailed botanical surveys (to National Vegetation Classification and Condition Assessment standard), bird surveys (breeding bird survey), amphibian survey, reptile survey and both freshwater and terrestrial invertebrate survey.
As part of this process we set up a steering group to oversee and input into the development of the BAPs, which involved inviting subsequent members from the County Council (Derbyshire), the Peak District National Park Authority, the Wildlife Trust and local interest groups. This was an extremely successful process in terms of community and stakeholder involvement and building a relationship between the company and the wider community.
The group still has input into projects started under the BAP process, such as wetland creation (Peak Ecology have developed designs and scope of works along with the steering group, which in now being taken forward in partnership with the local Wildlife Trust and Peak District National Park Authority) and trial plots to ascertain the best substrate and seed mixtures (locally harvested) for wildflower meadow creation as part of rollover slope restoration and further phased quarry restoration as required.