Our new project is now a year old and has just been awarded the national prize in the Heidelberg Quarry Life Awards for 2018 – a major achievement for the Reserve and for all the volunteers and partner organisations who have been involved. Our project will be continuing in the long term so keep an eye on the news page for updates, and opportunities to get involved.
What we did
The project is centred on a major new quarrying extension by Hanson, adjacent to High Batts Nature Reserve known as Pennycroft. Working with Hanson we have been monitoring and recording the changes on the working quarry and how species respond. All the data will go into helping to develop the plans for the eventual restoration of the site, so that we can maximise the potential for creating new habitats and conservation gain. We recruited new teams of volunteers, provided training, and support. We have also been running public events for the local community in relation to the site, and working with local schools to provide fun and learning opportunities through class visits and an After School Club. As part of the project we have created 4.5 km of survey track, converted a donated Portakabin to act as a Volunteer base, and built a mobile hide for use on the quarry site.
Would you like to get involved?
Can you give us the benefit of your skills and a bit of your time to help us make this project an on-going success? You don’t have to be an expert naturalist. We need volunteers with admin, computing, photography, helping with kids, tea-making skills because this is a BIG project with lots of opportunities. If you cannot get to the Reserve, can you do some computer work for us at home or help at one of the school sessions? Come and join the team, have a lot of fun and know you are making a difference for the future.