Europe and Central Asia

Partnership with HeidelbergCement

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  • HeidelbergCement Species Protection Programme Sand Martin

    • Promotion of the target species Sand Martin in the pit Durmersheim nature conservation area – increase of the number of breeding pairs and breeding success.

    • Test the application of a new model of artificial nesting houses.

    • The knowledge of the Sand Martins increased by excursion and educational program for employees and school kids.
  • Habitat Management throught Natural Grazing

    • Increase of the species richness associated with calcareous grasslands in the quarry and surrounding area of 75 ha.

    • Restore and maintain a diverse cultural landscape of extensive livestock grazing.

    • Support the preservation of primitive animal breeds of cattle and horses.

    • Environmental training and education in cooperation with NABU Baden-Württemberg and their local groups.
  • Invasive species free quarries: benefit for business and nature

    • Creating a voluntary “code of conduct” for IAS free quarries in Israel, which will include at least 50% of the national production.
    • Promoting the code of conduct as a business advantage, by mainstreaming the demand for clean aggregates (material that originated from an IAS free quarry) in infrastructure construction.
    • Promoting regulations that support invasive free quarries..


  • Restoration of avian populations by facilitating insect communities - benefit for business and nature

    • Analyse the food preferences and hunting behaviour of the Red backed shrike.
    • Develop strategies to control invasive Butterfly bush, without causing population declines of (rare) local fauna that may have become nutritionally depended on this bush.


  • Artificial Islands to Support Breeding Birds in Sand an Gravel Pits

    • Creation of a sandy peninsula will by cutting off from the bank.
    • Creation of two artificial islands of modular concrete type in Nowogród Bobrzański pit.

    • Removal of reeds, trees and bushes and clearing of small gravel beaches on selected islands  in Wójcice  and Malerzowice pits.


  • Large scale reed bed creation at Needingworth quarry

    Nature After Minerals (NAM) is a partnership between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the English government’s natural environment advisory body, Natural England, which looks to promote and share best practice in mineral site restoration for enhanced biodiversity.

    United Kingdom 
  • Restoring Quarry Silt Lagoons for Migrant Waders

    The goal of this project is to explore opportunities for aggregate sites to carry out experimental and observational studies on silt lagoons to develop processes for their effective restoration and subsequent use as wader habitat.

    United Kingdom 
  • Restoration of Lake Sagsjön, a bird habitat in Gothenburg area

    • Restore the quality of the lake habitats for breeding birds: more open water, meadows and lake shores as suitable habitats for breeing and feeding birds.

    • Reduce the nutrient content of the lake and improve the ecological status of its outflowing waters.

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