The Pennycroft quarry extension to the existing Ripon Quarry is due to be opened in late 2017. The project involves a programme of activities centred on the new quarry, designed to:-

  • engage the community and local natural history organisations in monitoring and recording changes in biodiversity which will provide data to feed into restoration plans, and provide a historical record; 
  • create a longer term involvement by members of the community in the site, so as to build local “ownership” and to create facilities that will enhance the restored site; 
  • strengthen links with local environmental bodies and create integrated new habitats; 
  • provide the quarrying company with a model for the engagement of communities as part of future quarry development. 

Publicity and events will engage the local community both on and off site; there will be learning activities for children in after-school sessions and on-site; access will be provided to trained monitoring teams to view the working site and to record changes to flora and fauna; a mobile viewing hide will be created to facilitate monitoring; there will be a constant feedback of information to the community, to the company and to the Habitat Management Committee, facilitated by a blog and on-site interpretation.

We are flying...

Drone flight, survey teams get into gear and our new training centre starts being used. But weather stops play again for our public bird ringing event

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11Apr

At last, some signs of spring...

School visits to the site, a presentation evening and work resumes on site

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27Mar

And then the snow came...

Signs of spring, creating survey points, visits to schools and then snow

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05Mar

So much going on…

volunteers’ meetings, photographic work, our drop-in event and what’s to come

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18Feb

In at the deep end...

A report on the first few exciting weeks of our project

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05Feb
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