Ropsley Quarry, located near Grantham in Lincolnshire, is a sandstone quarry that ceased being active many years ago but now the owners intend to bring it back to life. This required the installation of ecological fencing throughout the 19-acre quarry
As part of the process to bring the dormant, 19-acre quarry back into use, Three Shires Ltd were engaged to install ecological fencing to capture and protect the quarry’s on-site population of Great Crested Newts and reptiles.
The project also required the creation of a large compensatory habitat to 'translocate' the protected animals captured in the quarry. This involved the creation of hibernacula (refuges and overwintering sites for the animals) and ponds, the planting of trees and hydroseeding of the area.
The project required approx. 1500m of Herpetosure® perimeter fencing and a similar length of Herpetosure internal fencing to facilitate species
capture within the quarry itself. The environmental fencing is produced from recycled plastic sheet manufactured by Centriforce.
Over a 60-day period, ecologists will facilitate the removal and relocation of the resident population of Great Crested Newts and other reptiles, clearing the quarry of protected species before it is brought back to life.
Commenting on the project, James Tyers of Three Shires said: “We were really delighted to be involved in this project from the early stages. Herpetosure Environmental Fencing is an ideal product for the Ropsley scheme because it is highly robust and durable. “The quarry has a history of 4x4 and motorcross trespass so using vandal resistant Herpetosure for the internal fencing was a natural choice and the external fencing will provide an effective perimeter barrier for years to come.”
Click here to watch Centriforce's video of the Ropsley Quarry Environmental Project.
Note: Herpetosure is a registered trademark of Three Shires Ltd
Case Study Info
Client: Johnston Quarry Group
Contractor: Three Shires Ltd
Location: Grantham, Lincs
Product: Recycled plastic sheet (Herpetosure®)
Project: Environmental fencing and creation of new habitats