Sharing best practice and innovation is essential to making quarry restoration and aftercare deliver more for biodiversity and related public benefits. It iis important in providing evidence that biodiversity restoration works, is cost-effective, and that it provides the intended benefits.
The RESTORE project is running a series of demonstration events related to the important issues affecting quarry restoration across the NW Europe region. The events are aimed at people across NW Europe who are involved with quarry restoration planning and delivery. This includes land owners, operating company restoration personnel, local governmental mineral extraction licensing and policy personnel, biodiversity conservation organisations advocating or advising on minerals restoration, and community representatives from networks across NW Europe.
Nine events have been held at sites across the UK and in Limburg Province, selected to illustrate the range of restoration and aftercare scenarios, encompassing a range of priority habitats and land use scenarios. The events are being run in collaboration with the quarry operating companies / NGOs / local governments involved at each site, and give attendees a detailed insight into decision making, methods used and outcomes. A report has been produced for each event, and these are published here (see below)
In addition to the events programme, the RSPB / Nature After Minerals programme has been advising on restoration and after care on sites in the UK, developing advisory literature to support those undertaking restoration, and developing restoration plans. These activities often have transnational relevance in informing best-practice in restoration across NW Europe, examples are published here.
Meanwhile, the partnership has taken a collaboratiive approach to determining best-practice outcomes on RESTORE Investment sites, for example with the design concepts for heathland restoration at Schuddebeurze and the water treatment reedfen creation at 't Pompje.