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HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest building materials producers and a conservation partner of BirdLife since 2011. By working together we aim to achieve positive contribution to biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. If carefully designed, mineral extraction operations can reduce their impacts on landscapes and biodiversity and create opportunities for rare species and habitats. Read more about our work.

Project updates

HeidelbergCement has already implemented exciting projects together with BirdLife Partners in several European countries. Here we share some updates.

Czech Republic

Formerly numerous in Central Europe, the Common tern, have lost nearly all of its breeding habitats due to the modification of rivers. Thanks to the provision of specially designed concrete floating islands in their sand pits, Českomoravský štěrk, in partnership with the Moravian Ornithological Society (a branch of the Czech Society for Ornithology), have managed to secure a growing population of Common terns in Moravia. Thanks to these man-made islands, the Common tern will escape extinction until rivers and wetlands are restored to their natural state. More information on the project


Traditional cattle and horse breeds help maintaining the open grassland around the limestone quarry of Gerhausen in Baden-Württemberg. Owned by HeidelbergCement AG and Blautal Agriculture and Forestry Ltd, these animals are present at the quarry all year round. Grazing maintains suitable conditions for a large number of threatened plant and animal species, which is why the project receives strong support from NABU, the German BirdLife Partner. More information on the project

United Kingdom

At the Needingworth quarry, one of the biggest sand and gravel extraction sites in the UK, mineral extraction is planned for the next 30 years. Ecological restoration is already underway and Needingworth will become the UK’s largest reedbed - a priority habitat for conservation in the UK. Along with open mires, wet scrub and grassland, a nature reserve of 700 ha will be created. Hanson, the UK subsidiary of the HeidelbergCement Group has teamed up with RSPB, the UK BirdLife Partner to complete this project. More information on the project


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Biodiversity in mineral extraction sites

Biodiversity protection is possible and valuable in quarries at every stage of the mining activity: the opening, the closing and the after life of the site. Read more<

Latest News


30/03/12/2015  - The UN Decade on Biodiversity awards Quarry Life Award



03/12/2014  - “Extractive activities and biodiversity can go hand in hand”



17/07/2014 - New blog on ecological restoration: eco-restore.net Read about interesting projects and share your tips with conservation professionals and enthousiasts! 



05/02/2014 - Biodiversity and habitat restoration show promising results in Lengfurt, Germany
20/12/2013 - New book "Birds in quarries and gravel pits". This book provides an overview of the birds' use of quarries as an habitat.



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