Eleanor Bentall

Nature After Minerals

Welcome to the Nature After Minerals website, a resource for everyone with an interest in quarry restoration and minerals planning for biodiversity gain
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Realising the potential

Appropriate and sustainable minerals restoration represents potentially the biggest terrestrial habitat expansion opportunity across large swathes of land in the UK.

Over 64,000 hectares (in England alone) have a planning requirement to restore 2,000+ quarries and associated manufacturing sites.

Minerals restoration potential report Minerals restoration potential report
Ben Andrew
Delivering for biodiversity

Building on this potential, the minerals industry, through its restoration work, is uniquely placed to help deliver against national and international biodiversity targets to directly help safeguard the future of all 960 priority species requiring immediate action and protection within UK government conservation plans.

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Richard Revels
Planning for the future

A long-term, strategic minerals planning approach can help deliver biodiversity gain on a landscape scale, helping to connect and buffer sites of ecological importance and re-connect local communities with the natural environmental, with all the knock-on benefits to health and well-being that that entails.

Minerals planning Minerals planning
B Ayling

Biodiversity-led restoration is on the increase, helping to create bigger nature areas; buffer existing habitat and create stepping stone access for species to move across the landscape.  Since 2010, NAM has provided over 3,600 ha worth of priority habitat restoration advice to minerals restoration stakeholders.

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Andy Hay

The 2013 multi-partnered State of Nature Report found that  60% of species studied had declined in recent decades.  Biodiversity-led minerals restorations can help counter such declines – for example, 15% of endangered bittern nest in UK restored quarries.

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Andy Hay

Through close collaborative working, biodiversity-led minerals restoration can also provide opportunities for local communities to re-connect with nature, helping to regenerate local economies and provide ecosytem services benefits along the way.

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B Ayling

Sharing best-practice

By working together in partnership and sharing best-practice in biodiversity-led minerals restoration, great things can be achieved for nature and people.
Our Case Studies pages showcase the great work which is already being undertaken across the minerals and planning sectors to help enhance and protect the natural world and leave a lasting legacy for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Nature After Minerals would be interested to hear of any new case study examples of minerals restoration for a nature conservation end-use. Please feel free to contact us with any details which you may wish to share.
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Nature After Minerals (NAM) is a partnership programme, led by the RSPB and supported by Natural England, the Minerals Products Association (MPA) and the British Aggregates Association (BAA).
  • @RSPBMiddleton @HansonUK great #restoration for local #people, economies & service provision from #nature-led focus https://t.co/Sbay5bnNde
  • RSPB Middleton Lakes Reserve, restored former Hanson site, was the focus of an RSPB Science study looking at the... https://t.co/FoS9093VBB
  • Highlighting added-value socio-economic benefits of biodiversity-led minerals #restoration @POSisit @quarry_nature https://t.co/Sbay5bnNde
  • Help to bring #people closer to the natural environment at a former minerals site restored for #nature :) https://t.co/QbQfqpEVnF

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