Joys and chores of life on an island

Z-20170412_031_WilkTOnce you have found a good habitat one has to think about other life challenges, predators and rivals, to name a few. For a third year, the Polish aggregate producer Górażdże and OTOP\BirdLife Poland work together on a number of wetlands in Southern Poland to improve local populations of Black-headed and Mediterranean gulls and Common Terns. Tomasz Wilk reports from the field.

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What’s buzzing and crawling in mineral extraction sites?

cover-webNew book by HeidelbergCement published in December 2016 is now available online here.

Butterflies and Other Insects in Quarries and Gravel Pits is as beautifully designed and illustrated as the previous five titles in the series. The texts are easy to  read and witty section titles help with navigation in the book. The pictures are excellent and serve well to illustrate a fascinating overview of the natural history of the most diverse group of animals.

The second chapter is dedicated to the diversity of habitats, structure and variety of natural conditions that benefit insect life. From bare sand and crystal clear waters, to dead wood and flower rich grasslands, quarries offer a myriad of micro-habitats to the needy insect, often in contrast to the surrounding mono-cultured landscape.

Hence, many former quarries have been included in protected areas, especially in Central and Western Europe. But active mining sites are no less attractive to biodiversity, insects included, thus the last chapter of the book alludes to what options for nature protection exist in quarries, and here a reference to the previous titles in the series needs to be made, such as the 2015 edition of Biodiversity Management in Quarries & Gravel pits – Putting nature back together.

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Project Map to show results of biodiversity management and restoration on mining sites

community_exploring-and-mapping_ghanaIn September 2016, we launched a new website – The BirdLife – HeidelbergCement Project Map. It provides a sweeping visual narrative of twenty of our partnership projects to date. The projects aim to improve local biodiversity and natural resource use at and around mining sites by working in concert with local communities, environmental authorities and scientists. Each project is pinpointed geographically on an interactive map and linked to beautiful photos and short summaries detailing their goals , activities and results. The projects are organised into the following categories:animals, plants & habitats, community involvement, and land management. The successes in each of these four key areas clearly demonstrate how partnerships between NGOs and businesses can deliver profit while bringing economic activities into harmony with nature.

Discover these stories yourself by navigating through our Project Map. Share our enthusiasm!