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 lovely little creatures - their bright stripes and gentle buzz bring colour and sound to our summer gardens. They are also very important because they pollinate our wildflowers and crops. Sadly things aren't going well and some species are threatened with extinction.
I'm really concerned by these declines and I'm pleased to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust."