Quarries can be surprisingly useful places for wildlife. The disturbance often allows wildflowers to thrive, and pollinating insects like bumblebees can be abundant.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has partnered with the Mineral Products Association (MPA) to provide advice on managing their quarries for wildlife and training for their staff to help them be aware of bumblebees when working. With their help, we have produced two factsheets to provide advice on managing quarries for biodiversity both before and after they are in use.
“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”