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.
"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."
Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive