Following a wildlife survey completed at 23 CEMEX UK quarries, Raynes Quarry in Old Colwyn has been named as the company’s most improved site, with 132 species recorded in total.

The creation of a wildflower meadow has been successful, with 87 different varieties of flowering plant spotted, including several types of orchid. This has in turn attracted many different butterflies and moths, such as ringlet, small heath, common blue, dingy skipper, dark green fritillary and cinnabar moth. There are plans for goats to be used to graze the wildflower meadow in Autumn as a natural method of scrub control.

As part of its dedication to conserving and enhancing biodiversity across all business areas, building materials supplier CEMEX has worked with its employees to complete wildlife surveys at 23 quarries across the UK. This monitoring is vital as it helps to inform and develop the Biodiversity Action Plans at each site; assessing how activities such as planting wildflower meadows, wetland creation or installation of bat boxes are doing, and highlighting areas for potential improvement.

Sean Cassidy, regional environmental manager for sustainability, commented: “We’re very pleased that Raynes is welcoming so many interesting and varied wildlife species. Encouraging biodiversity across our business locations is a priority for CEMEX and this initiative has demonstrated the success of these efforts.

“It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the work completed so far and consider how it can be developed further, while also encouraging our teams to get involved and appreciate the wildlife for themselves.

“We will be repeating the survey throughout 2019 and are keen to see what other species Raynes can attract.”

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