A former Tarmac quarry has undergone major restoration to become a popular local nature site. Eardington Nature Reserve, which was previously an active sand and gravel quarry in Shropshire, is celebrating after it has been officially recognised as a Local Wildlife Site after gaining ‘Wildlife Site’ status by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Tarmac estates manager, Malcolm Lawer, said: “This is a great example of how, over a relatively short period of time and by working in partnership with experts, former quarries can become valuable wildlife sites and provide an amenity for local people to enjoy.”
Friends of Eardington nature reserve chairman, Ian Barrie, added: “The designation of the title ‘Local Wildlife Site’ is significant, as it had to be demonstrated that the nature reserve was home to several locally or nationally rare species. We are delighted to now see numerous rare species flourishing at the site.”
Stuart West, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, Shropshire Council, continued: “The creation of Eardington Nature Reserve has been a great example of Shropshire Council engaging with the community to improve their local area. The nature reserve is proving to be a valued asset for people to enjoy and a refuge for rare species of wildlife."
The site is now leased by Shropshire Council and managed by Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service, who work closely with Friends of Eardington Nature Reserve. The carefully restored landscape consists of a variety of grassland species, ancient woodland, pools and rare plants, which support a diverse range of wildlife, including invertebrates and Great Crested Newt.