Eardington Nature Reserve

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Eardington Nature Reserve

Eardington Nature Reserve

Eardington Nature Reserve is a 12 hectare former sand and gravel quarry most recently quarried by Lafarge Tarmac. Quarrying ceased in the mid-1990s. Following the quarry, the site was used as a ready-mixed concrete plant until 2010 when the site was finally closed.

It is now managed as a nature reserve in partnership with Friends of Eardington Nature Reserve (a local community and volunteer group). The site only officially opened in May 2015 so it is still ‘work in progress’ but there is a good path around the site with spurs leading through the more mature woodland at the back. It is possible to start longer walks from the site and there are good footpath links along the Mor Brook and around the parish of Eardington.

The central area was most recently quarried and has most biodiversity value. The shifting sand and gravel banks are home to rare solitary bees and other insects. Management work focuses on controlling scrub encroachment. Left unchecked, silver birch would spread over the area and cast shade on the valuable habitat. Temporary wetlands in this part of the site are also home to great-crested newts, birds such as jack snipe and rare plants. More wetland areas will be created in future and it is hoped that sand martins can be attracted back to the site by using artificial nesting units.Summer grasshopper warbler pictured.





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