New research partnership between BirdLife and HeidelbergCement Group in ENCI quarry
A new project started between HeidelbergCement (owners of ENCI Maastricht Quarry) and BirdLife this spring.
The project will answer two important questions:
Eagle Owls (Oehoe) successfully raise 4 young at ENCI Maastricht Quarry
The Eagle Owl is a special bird for RESTORE; it nests in two of the quarries in the project. In
the late winter, a pair chose to nest close to the area of the ENCI Maastricht quarry where work
was planned to start creating a new stairway. Work had to stop! Now the owls have raised 4 young.
When they move away from the area work can begin again. Meanwhile, we have some small
concern for the ornithologist, but maybe the chick isn't hungry
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2014 RESTORE Demonstration Events programme is live:
Our new programme of demonstration events, best-practice in biodiversity led restoration of minerals sites to benefit people, wildlife and local economies – is launched.
The Nature After Minerals programme will host 8 free events as part of the Best practices in restoration and aftercare of post-extraction sites theme of RESTORE. These events highlight innovation and problem solving that the industry achieves, often in close collaboration with the planning sector, ngos and the community. They cover a diverse range of topics; including, planning landscape scale delivery, creating floodplain forests, biodiversity enhancement of agricultural restorations, and integrating nature and public access.
RESTORE mid-term conference is announced:
'RESTORE Mineral Sites for Future Benefits' is a free one day conference in Dortmund, Germany on 4 June 2014. It is for local and regional governments, environmental NGOs, community groups, the mining minerals industry and research institutes to contribute and discuss the themes of the RESTORE Project in workshops and discussion groups: How does policy guide restoration in your country? What are the benefits of restoring ecosystems and biodiversity? Who benefits and how? What components constitute best practice and how to implement them? How to communicate and share good restoration expertise and its benefits to stakeholders and decision-makers?
Please download the invitation and use the contact email there to register your interest
Press event: ENCI Maastricht Gebeid announces design proposals for an innovative 40m stairway down the face of the quarry. The stairway is a vital link in reinstating an historical pathway between Maastricht and Liege. Users will experience a timeline through the millions of years that the limestone was laid down.
The event was attended by over 60 journalists, local community representatives and a delegation from the RESTORE partnership who were visiting the project sites in the Limburg (nl) area. The event was covered by Dutch national and Belgian regional radio, by regional TV, and the regional print and internet news, reaching a total audience in excess of 1 million.
The RESTORE project was officially launched at an evening reception at the prestigious Institute of Materials inerals, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) on The Mall, London. Over 80 guests from the minerals extractive industry, local government, ngos, and community groups heard keynote speeches from Catherine Bearder MEP for SE England, Nigel Jackson CEO of the Mineral Products Association, and Sue Armstrong-Brown head of Policy at the RSPB, as well as a presentation on the work of the project by RESTORE Partners VLM (be) and ILS (de).
The first RESTORE workshop PLANNING INTO PRACTICE was hosted by Surrey County Council at County Hall, Kingston, England. Over 70 delegates attended and heard presentations from the UK, Netherlands and Germany describing best practice minerals planning approaches across NW Europe, and contributed to debates on how to further improve planning policy in relation to quarry restoration, and how to ensure it is applied across the region. This is the first of three RESTORE Seminars, the next will be in Dortmund, Germany, on 4 June 2014. Proceedings of the first RESTORE workshop will be published in early 2014.
To what extent can this man-made environment resemble natural calcareous grassland with its typical plant and animal communities? The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) recently recolonized some parts of Limburg, but not ENCI quarry. Scientists will look for possible ‘gaps’ in the ecosystem, eg not enough large insects, that may prevent the shrikes from using the quarry.
The invasive plant ‘butterfly bush’ (Buddleja davidii) occupies large areas in the quarry; how much is it to be blamed for limiting development of suitable insect communities as a food base for the Red-backed Shrike?
Both research questions will provide important information for the restoration work on the ENCI quarry and elsewhere.