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.

Happy reading!

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!

New book by HeidelbergCement Biodiversity series

cover-hab-mgt-enweb1HeidelbergCement have published a new book in their series dedicated to biodiversity. ‘Biodiversity Management in Quarries and Gravel Pits – Putting Nature Back Together‘ is a beautifully illustrated, hard cover book of 90 pages, edited by Dr. Michael Rademacher. This is the fifth publication in this informative series following the ones on dragonflies, orchids, birds and amphibians and reptiles.

The book introduces us to the reasons why mineral extraction sites are seen as hot-spots for biodiversity, then it leads us through a succession of features and management strategies applicable to the different stages of the life cycle of a typical quarry. The ecological concepts are illustrated with 10 selected flagship projects, to keep the readers’ focus on the practical side.

As with the previous books in the series, the Management of Biodiversity is freely available from HeidelbergCement. An electronic version can be downloaded from the Quarry Life Award website, while printed copies are to be distributed at conferences and events around the world. HeidelbergCement are inviting you to their stand at the 10th European Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration this August in Freising, Germany.

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