The Chipping Sodbury Quarry complex comprises a series of carboniferous limestone quarries, being worked, restored or prepared for extraction. Ultimately, in some 30 years’ time, the quarries will be flooded to form a series of lakes. Existing wetland habitats such as ponds and streams run through and lie adjacent to the quarry areas. They support a rich diversity of wetland species including nationally and internationally important species e.g. Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Great Crested Newt, and Otter all of which are associated with healthy freshwater habitats. Restoration of the quarry complex will provide a mosaic of habitats - deciduous woodland, calcareous grassland, cliffs, remnant woodland, hedges and mesotrophic grassland. However the majority of the site will become deep open-water habitat which can have limited intrinsic conservation value or be slow to develop. The margins of these large water bodies and other areas within the quarry offer great opportunities for wetland biodiversity enhancement, as habitat in their own right, as a source of species to colonise the lakes or as material to translocate to the lakes. The overall aim of this project is to use the quarry complex at Chipping Sodbury to develop best practice for wetland creation in limestone quarries. This will include creating varied, valuable and resilient wetland habitats in and around the quarry complex, that will support a range of species and form a wetland biodiversity hotspot in the region. 

Water Quality Sampling #2

In late July we resurveyed all ponds and other water bodies at the Chipping Sodbury quarry complex, plus the Tytherington and Cromhall sites to see how water quality parameters compared to samples and readings taken in May.

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06Aug

Wildlife Capture?

We've set up four wildlife capture cameras to see if we can get photographic evidence of otters on site. Will we see any evidence of them?

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06Aug

QLA Judges visit Bath Spa’s project at Chipping Sodbury

On 14th June the QLA judges visited Chipping Sodbury to hear about our project. After an initial presentation and discussion we took them on a tour of the main survey locations at the Chipping Sodbury site.

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10Jul

First wetland sampling and survey event 14th and 16th May 2018

In May we undertook our first major sampling exercise of water quality, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic/emergent flora in quarry water bodies and the adjacent stream. Further analysis and species identification was carried our in our laboratories. This work will help us understand the relationships between environmental factors and wetland biodiversity in quarry environments.

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13Jun

Preliminary site visit 5th April 2018

This preliminary visit by the core project team helped us to scope and plan the spring and summer survey programme in detail.

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13Jun

Foundations for Wetland Biodiversity Development

We've begun our project by setting up the project team and doing some initial desk-top studies. The first output of this is a draft digitised map of wetland resources in and within 5 Km of the Chipping Sodbury Quarry Complex. Two maps are presented - one as the site is now and how it might look once the quarry voids are allowed to flood. We'll use these maps to help work out the potential for the quarry sites to add to wetland biodiversity in this part of South Gloucestershire.

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28Mar