A joint project between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Mineral Products Association will see quarries established as flower-rich habitats for wildlife.
The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2012 and since then have been working together to meet their joint aims including the protection, creation and restoration of flower-rich habitats as well as extending the knowledge of those working on quarries about bumblebees in particular, and wildlife generally.
BBCT has visited five quarries - all very different and requiring different approaches. However, they have learnt through their visits that quarries can be surprisingly useful places for wildlife. The process often allows wildflowers to thrive, and pollinating insects like bumblebees can be abundant. There are many different habitats on quarries too and each one can be managed sensitively for bees.
During 2013, the Conservation Team put together a Quarry fact sheet to go with BBCT’s other factsheets entitled: ‘Managing your land for…….’.
BBCT are also working with RESTORE to share their knowledge and hopefully make more gains for wildlife and bumblebees.more...