Nature’s Home is the RSPB’s quarterly membership magazine with an estimated readership of 1.3 million individuals who care passionately about the environment and species protection. It is pleasing, therefore, to see a feature on quarry restoration featured in such a quality publication, with such an avid readership.
RSPB Ouse Fen is a reserve which is being progressively created through restoration work, following completion of extraction work at Hanson’s Needingworth Quarry in Cambridgeshire.
As work on each part of the quarry comes to an end, the land is handed over to the RSPB to restore the site into predominately wetland habitat, to eventually create the UK’s largest reedbed over a 30 year period.
Already more than half way into the project, the site is providing a valuable refuge for bittern, water vole, marsh harrier and bearded tit, with reported signs of otter adding to the many species making a home there.
The feature ‘Moving Earth to create Heaven’ in the Spring 2017 issue of the magazine provides a great overview of work and plans for Ouse Fen and details how Hanson and the RSPB are working together to ensure it is in the best possible state to benefit both nature and people alike. Take a look at an uploaded pdf version of the article here.
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