Work is beginning on a major new quarrying extension by Hanson, adjacent to High Batts Nature Reserve. This will be both a challenge and a great opportunity for us to do even more for nature. Working with Hanson we will be 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 will be working with local schools to provide fun and learning opportunities for children and young people.
How will we do it?
We will do this by getting lots of people involved—from our membership, from local communities, other environmental groups, and from local schools via sessions for children. We provide training and support for those who want to help and there will be a range of ways to get involved from survey work to creating a blog, or helping with children’s activity sessions.
When does it start?
It’s already started! The project has been selected of one of 6 national projects to enter the Heidelberg Quarry Life Award, now in its 4th year of operation. This brings practical and financial support from the company and enters the project into the national competition with a possible prize of £5000 at the end of the year. Harrogate Borough Council has provided support from its Small Grants Programme to help with the photographic survey work and with our activities with schools and children. Our Volunteers are now building a mobile hide, and refurbishing a donated portacabin to use as an activity space.
Can you help?
Can you give us the benefit of your skills and a bit of your time to help us make this project a great 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.
Want to know more?
Our thanks to all those who came to the Drop-in session at North Stainley Village Hall on 10th February where we had displays and handouts about the project. If you missed that but would like to keep abreast of what is happening contact us on email@example.com and we will add your name to the subscriber list. That way you will not miss out on any events.
We will be holding some public talks and hosting visits to the site as the project progresses. Watch our events page for details.
We are very grateful to Harrogate Borough Council for the support it has provided to the project through its Small Projects Fund, and for financial and practical support from Hanson: Heidelberg Cement Group.