1,000 hectares of land in most need of conservation has been created thanks to the special partnership between CEMEX UK and the UK’s largest conservation charity, the RSPB. You may remember our partnership started in 2009 and in 2010, the Biodiversity Strategy was launched. One of the aims of the strategy was to create 1,000 hectares of priority habitat, restored land, by 2020. The target has been reached this year, three years ahead of schedule. To celebrate, colleagues from both organisations got together at Hopwas Quarry, nr Tamworth in the Midlands to create that special 1,000th hectare.
1,000 hectares, which would covers an area twice as big as the 2012 Olympic Park in London, have been restored to provide a much needed diverse range of habitats including nearly 600 hectares of diverse grasslands, over 177 hectares of woodland, 100 hectares of heathland and 190 hectares of ponds and open water.
These habitats provide homes for 46 threatened of birds such as Twites, House Sparrows, Swifts and Turtle Doves, plus many species of wildlife – Brown hares, Water Voles, European Eel, Small Blue Butterfly and an extensive range of plant life including rarer species such as Bluebells.
Well done to everyone on achieving this tremendous milestone. There are more details of our achievements in our video http://cmx.to/2xXPcw1