Green Future For Barrasford Quarry - Thanks to David Bellamy
famous botanist Professor David Bellamy has helped
Tarmac secure a green future for Barrasford
campaigner Professor David Bellamy helped Tarmac launch
its Northumberland Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) last week.
Barrasford Quarry is in one of seven of Tarmac's sites within
Northumberland have gained BAP status.
Bellamy, who became a star in the seventies with his animated
approach to the environment, addressed county councilors,
wildlife groups, RSPB and Environment Agency representatives
and local landowners. He said:
"Tarmac is committed
to protecting and enhancing the value of its quarries
for wildlife, not only whilst they are active but also
Quarries BAP relates to quarries with planning permission
for mineral extraction within the county of Northumberland.
This comprises seven quarry sites. The majority are hard
rock quarries (whinstone and redstone) with three for sand
and gravel quarries.
The seven Tarmac
quarries are located at: Barrasford, Belford, Broadoak,
Howick, Harden, Lanton and Woodbridge.
Tarmac's northern estates manager said:
"Back in 2005, Tarmac
formalised their commitment to biodiversity by preparing
BAPs for many of their UK sites. "I'm proud that Northumberland
was one of the first counties to be completed (in 2006)
and the process revealed that active and restored quarries
support a wealth of wildlife such as fulmars, red squirrels
over 350 hectares of Tarmac's mineral sites in Northumberland
A number of
species of national conservation concern, such as red squirrel,
linnet, skylark and bats are to be found within Tarmac sites
like Barrasford Quarry.
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