The Pennycroft quarry extension to the existing Ripon Quarry is due to be opened in late 2017. The project involves a programme of activities centred on the new quarry, designed to:-


  • engage the community and local natural history organisations in monitoring and recording changes in biodiversity which will provide data to feed into restoration plans, and provide a historical record; 
  • create a longer term involvement by members of the community in the site, so as to build local “ownership” and to create facilities that will enhance the restored site; 
  • strengthen links with local environmental bodies and create integrated new habitats; 
  • provide the quarrying company with a model for the engagement of communities as part of future quarry development. 


Publicity and events will engage the local community both on and off site; there will be learning activities for children in after-school sessions and on-site; access will be provided to trained monitoring teams to view the working site and to record changes to flora and fauna; a mobile viewing hide will be created to facilitate monitoring; there will be a constant feedback of information to the community, to the company and to the Habitat Management Committee, facilitated by a blog and on-site interpretation.


Pulling it all together...

Looking back over the past year and our thanks to all who have helped

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Still going strong...

Our final public event and our ongoing activities

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Coming to the end but work goes on…

Management work on site and results from our surveying teams

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School’s out…

Our final After School Club sessions before the summer break

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What a summer...

Flowers, butterflies and bugs

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It's been entertaining...

The QLA Judges' visit, we go mammal trapping, and the mobile hide is nearly finished

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The weather is wonderful...

Sand Martins, Species surveying, the After School Club and our Open Day

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Getting on with the project...

Engaging more people in the project, a public bird ringing demonstration and visits by local schools

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It's been a busy couple of weeks...

Our monitors’ training continues, the survey route is marked and the surveying programme gets underway, and the After School Club starts

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We are flying...

Drone flight, survey teams get into gear and our new training centre starts being used. But weather stops play again for our public bird ringing event

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At last, some signs of spring...

School visits to the site, a presentation evening and work resumes on site

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And then the snow came...

Signs of spring, creating survey points, visits to schools and then snow

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So much going on…

volunteers’ meetings, photographic work, our drop-in event and what’s to come

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In at the deep end...

A report on the first few exciting weeks of our project

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