These Case Study pages showcase examples of good practice in minerals restoration which is benefiting the natural environment and people.
The Trent & Tame River Valleys Futurescape would have once contained a wealth of wetland habitats, such as reedbed and floodplain grazing marsh. However, over the last hundred years or so, most of these wetlands have been lost due to drainage, development, agricultural improvement or neglect. Few wetlands remain. Most of those that survive are now fragmented and isolated from the main river.
The Newark – Clifton area of the Trent valley has significant potential for wetland habitat creation; 1200 ha of mineral reserves located within this area. This potential will only be met if all stakeholders develop a shared vision; Nature After Minerals / RSPB facilitated two workshops to scope interest in developing a vision for wetland habitat creation, and then develop a partnership.
Lowland heathland is a priority habitat for biodiversity in Europe. Working with the RSPB, Nature After Minerals encouraged the operator at Bryants Lane quarry to explore opportunities for heathland creation through the planning application process.