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Shorncote Quarry, Gloucestershire/Wiltshire

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This practice addresses the restoration of the Shorncote Quarry which was previously used for sewage disposal by Thames Water, into a first‐class home for wildlife.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The restoration of the former Shorncote Quarry resulted in the creation of nine lakes in the Water Park, which are utilized for wading, migrating, breeding, feeding, and nesting birds. Stonechat, Goldfinch, Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, Oyster Catcher, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, and Lapwing thrive in the unused and naturally regenerating areas in Shorncote Quarry. 

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The aim of this practice is to restore the quarry into a home for wildlife.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is for companies in the extractive industry.

UEPG Sustainable Development Award Nominee
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Land-use and biodiversity
Water stewardship
System change potential
The aim of this practice is to restore the quarry into a home for wildlife.
planning beyond mine-life