Europe and Central Asia

Sharing a successful partnership model across North West Europe


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.

An example of this is where NAM has worked with HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary company, Hanson, to help create wildflower meadow at its Cassington quarry in Oxfordshire and dry acid grassland at its Warmwell Airfield quarry in Dorset.  Such good practice case studies are detailed on NAM’s dedicated, where advice on the art-of-the possible in mineral site restoration can also be found via an interactive Mapping Tool.

The Partnership started in 2006 following a RSPB report, which highlighted the potentially vast contribution of mineral sites to create priority habitats on a landscape-scale across England.

NAM works in cooperation with stakeholders in and around the UK minerals industry – operators, local government, statutory bodies, local communities, environmental organisations. The programme is also supported by the minerals’ industry representative bodies.

Building on this relationship, NAM was an enthusiastic contributor to the inaugural HeidelbergCement Quarry Life Awards, with its Programme Manager sitting on the UK judging panel to select a winner from the inspiring range of British entries.

Support for Nature After Minerals has helped the RSPB to successfully bid for funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to in part share its model for successful partnership working across Europe. From 2013, NAM, through the RSPB, is pleased to be one of seven partners working across North West Europe, specifically within the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.  Named RESTORE, this new partnership aims to develop a framework across the region for the restoration of mineral sites, to provide benefits for biodiversity, habitats and local people. 


Further information: Programme Manager
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