The sector has a legacy of high quality management and restoration of mineral sites as reflected in the MPA’s Restoration Awards scheme over the past 40 years. In recognition of the increasing focus on biodiversity, MPA has supported its Biodiversity Strategy with an awards scheme supported by Natural England to recognise and highlight the industry’s contribution. The first biennial awards were presented in 2011, with another event in 2013 with the 2015 awards recently launched. For further information click here.
At its 2013 Restoration & Biodiversity Awards, MPA also launched its National Nature Park - a nationwide network of quarries that have been restored for wildlife and which are accessible to the public. The online resource includes around 50 sites across the country totalling over 4,000 hectares, with a range of facilities including nature trails, viewing hides and visitor centres. MPA is working all the time to increase the number of locations contributing to its National Nature Park.
Visit MPA’s National Nature Park here.
The minerals industry has already delivered over 5,200 hectares of priority habitats through the restoration of quarries, the equivalent of at least five 'Richmond Parks', with a further 5,600 hectares planned. We are therefore uniquely placed to contribute to delivery of national and local biodiversity targets. Our National Nature Park is part of this story - a growing and nationally significant area that has great wildlife which can be enjoyed by visitors.
Nature After Minerals (NAM) is a partnership programme between the minerals industry, RSPB and Natural England. It aims to realise the major potential for UK Biodiversity Action Plan delivery via mineral site restoration and works with all relevant stakeholders including operating companies, planning authorities and local communities. To date, the programme has contributed directly to the restoration of over 1,800 hectares of BAP priority habitats, with the potential for much more. To put the potential into perspective research has indicated that restored mineral sites could meet 100 per cent of nine priority biodiversity habitat creation targets in England. The MPA also has close working partnerships with a range of NGOs, in particular the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Freshwater Habitats Trust and Bat Conservation Trust.
MPA has developed biodiversity indicators which are complementary to Government’s Biodiversity 2020 strategy and is also looking to better understand the industry’s relationship to the emerging developments in the valuation of ecosystems services.
The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) published a biodiversity action plan strategy in 2011, with input from Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales. The approach involves a single strategy and reporting process developed for the marine aggregate sector as a whole and represents a coherent, consistent and robust approach for operators, regulators and advisors.