Quarrying sites as habitats
When extracting minerals, we change nature and the landscape. Our mining activities are handled with most care and take into account the existing biodiversity of the site. Indeed many animals and plants also benefit from our quarrying activities thanks to the large number of different habitats which develop during the quarrying activities.
These ecological niches offer animals and plants an area of retreat that they would rarely find nowadays outside our quarries. Some examples of these species are: Sand Martin, Bee eater, Eagle Owl and Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-bellied Toad, Natterjack Toad as well as the Bee Orchid and other rare orchids.
Before an area is cleared for quarrying, HeidelbergCement must pass an environmental impact assessment. A detailed after-use plan is part of the authorisation procedure and integrates new concepts of rehabilitation and renaturation. As a result of preserving and creating valuable habitats, the natural flora and fauna of the area surrounding the quarry is promoted.
Habitats with unique living conditions
In order to properly carry out the renaturation and rehabilitation of a quarry, it is important to be familiar with the individual habitats and their living conditions. The wide variety of habitats in which different animals and plants settle can be divided into the following groups: