Can temporary habitats that develop during the operational phase of a quarry contribute to wider restoration goals?

Interested in watching this video? You have two options:

This video is part of the SER Conference Library. If you want to learn more about this resource please see this guide.

Buy a pass

You can purchase a pass for this video on our website.

Already purchased access to this video, or want to redeem credit for a new order? Just enter your order number or email below:

SER Member?
Sign in below to get unrestricted access:

Dr Carolyn Jewell and Dr Shane Sparg

Publication Date:

When considering the extractives sector, biodiversity is often thought of in terms of restoration post the operational activity. However, there is increasing evidence that biodiversity can thrive within an active quarry, with habitats occurring either spontaneously or initiated through creating basic enhancements. Functioning mostly as a support for pioneer species, these habitats will in most cases be removed as they make way for the expanding extractive activities, and thus make a unique contribution to population dynamics. These temporary habitats also play a critical role in supporting post-extraction restoration as they function as a nucleus and a point from which local biodiversity can disperse from. In a European context, with strict protection being applied to species through the Birds and Habitats Directives, having biodiversity within an active quarry can be challenging. In the past 5 years, much research has been focused on how to best integrate temporary habitats within active quarry environment. Examples of the extent of temporary habitats across the European cement sector will be presented, along with measure integrated into quarry management to increase, in particular bird and amphibian, populations. Questions will also be raised as to how to maximise these opportunities without triggering infringements due to the legal framework.

Resource Type:
Conference Presentation, SER2021

Pre-approved for CECs under SER's CERP program