Our last public event has been held and our formal species surveys completed for 2018. Our final report has been submitted so a short rest before our winter activities begin on site.
What an exhilarating 12 months - we have learned a lot and achieved much. The project has exceeded our expectations and we are immensely grateful to everyone who helped. Particular thanks to Harrogate Council for financial support, to Butterfly Conservation, British Dragonfly Society (Yorkshire Branch), Dr Kevin Walker of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and North Yorkshire & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre for advice, support on site and training. Thanks too to the local bodies, North Stainley Parish Council, North Stainley Primary School, Open Country, and Harrogate & District Biodiversity Action Group.
Our various teams of volunteers have been involved in over 40 formal species surveys since April, have worked on site to create access tracks, photographic points, erect bird boxes. Others have created the Training Centre and built a mobile hide, whilst a small team has undertaken publicity, run events, crunched the data and has designed and run the schools programme. Since January we have recorded over 2000 volunteer hours, plus lots that never got mentioned. A huge thankyou to all, and to Bob Orange and the Team at Ure Valley Quarry who have been great partners.
And finally thanks to Quarry Life Award who allowed us to take part – it’s been a great experience!