1.3 Rescuing Rocks & Overgrown Relics

This is a programme of works to manage rare and valuable habitats across six quarry and mine sites in the Scheme area, which is supported by the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund.

Follow this link to download details of the six quarry and mine sites in this project.

Click for information on 2016 Marvellous Moths; event details and species lists

PC Long Quarry completed detail 2015

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The project is all about taking positive practical action to improve wildlife habitats on six old mining and quarry sites.  Species recognised as locally, regionally or nationally important have been identified at Earl’s Hill, Nill’s Hill, Poles Coppice, Roman Gravels, the Bog Mine and Snailbeach Mine. These include specific butterflies, such as the grayling, and dragonflies, dormice, reptiles, rare bats and plants.

Actions include:

  • Restoring rock outcrop and scree and special (‘Calaminarian’) grassland linked to old mining sites
  • Improving mixed woodland
  • Creating or improving a mosaic of open habitats for variety

Specialist work will help a landscape scale approach to wildlife improvements, and offer community opportunities for:

  • Butterfly identification and recording with training
  • Practical conservation work

For more information and to get involved please contact John (JP) Brayford.

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Follow the links below for updates about this project:Grayling Butterfly

2016 Marvellous Moths; species lists and report

2015 Moth Trap events – species records

Project update, January 2016

Project update, January 2015

Project update, July 2014

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2016 Marvellous Moths; species lists and report

2016 Marvellous Moths; species lists and report

Follow this link to download the Report by David Green.  A total of 282 species were recorded over the 7 sessions in 2016.

“The sessions have greatly exceeded expectations – the species diversity and number of scarce and specialist species recorded is outstanding”

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2015 Moth trapping events species recorded:

Click on the links below to download the moth species recorded at each event.

Lobster moth courtesy of Jenny Steel. 3 were recorded at Nills Quarry on 12 June.

Lobster moth courtesy of Jenny Steel. 3 were recorded at Nills Quarry on 12 June.

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Project update, January 2016

Habitat management work has continued with the following work completed Jan-March 2016:

Earl’s Hill – Extraction of previously felled timber, removal of bramble / scrub regrowth on previously cleared scree slope. Sensitive removal of vegetation from Rock face.
Snailbeach – Creation of scrapes and removal of seedlings/ exposure of geological samples.
Poles Coppice – earthworks in ‘long’ quarry to create more open water habitat and help control drainage. Creation of scallops along woodland ride.
Nills Quarry – felling trees around quarry faces. Much of this has being completed by Pontesbury P3 Group volunteers.

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Project update, January 2015

•All year 1 ecological surveys and reports for the six quarry and mine sites are complete and the results are being collated to inform habitat management works.

• Japanese knotweed control has been completed at Poles Coppice.  Bramble and invasive scrub clearance (ash/sycamore) has been completed at Earl’s Hill.

• 2014/15 winter work completed by contractors has included tree/scrub clearance at Earls Hill with subsequent extraction of some of the timber by horse logger; clearing standing timber and vegetation from two quarry areas at Poles Coppice; and clearance of the White Tip area at Snailbeach mine site (subject to planning consent as the works area is within the Conservation Area).

• We ran a winter 2014/15 programme of volunteer practical task days across the sites and tasks included scrub clearing, coppicing and thinning.

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Project update, July 2014

We started our WREN funded ‘Rescuing rocks and overgrown relics‘ (RROR) project at the end of 2013 with a series of ecological surveys, carried out by local professionals. The surveys will run for 12 months up to September 2014 and the survey findings will ensure that we have enough knowledge about the important wildlife found on the 6 RROR sites to be able to plan habitat management works appropriately. Some of the species found on these sites such as dormice, bats and great crested newt are protected species and their habitat needs to be managed with great care.

Practical management work started during Winter 2013/14 at Earl’s Hill to clear vegetation which was encroaching on the natural scree slope and at the Bog mine site to clear encroaching willow scrub from one of the ponds. A further work programme will start in Autumn/Winter 2014/15 across the RROR sites. Nine practical volunteer task days were held at RROR sites during Winter 2013/14 and if you are interested in supporting the conservation work being carried out at these sites, all within the northern part of the Scheme area, please look out for our 2014/15 volunteers programme starting in Autumn 2014.