Alongside our everyday business activities there also exists a less obtrusive world that shares our surroundings – a world of plants, birds, mammals, invertebrates, fungi and microorganisms.
As land managers, biodiversity conservation is an important part of our environmental management at all AG sites by means of careful planning, operating and restoration.
Biodiversity is actually an important consequence of our quarrying operations as we provide wildlife havens in areas where biodiversity is otherwise limited by other forms of land-use such as intensive farming.
Within our limestone quarries and sand pit we have increased habitat diversity. For example: species-rich grasslands for insects and butterflies; cliff exposures for breeding Ravens and Peregrine Falcons; nesting banks for Sand Martins and wetlands areas for amphibians and Dragonflies.
AG demonstrate their commitment to protecting and enhancing biodiversity by contributing to the Quarry Products Association NI Biodiversity and Geodiversity Action Plan for the Aggregates Industry; partnering in a number of environmental projects ensuring that nationally and locally important species and habitats are conserved and enhanced.
“…biodiversity is at the heart of sustainable development and its conservation is one of the key sustainable principles … Acheson + Glover have clearly stated their commitment to sustainability by implementing objectives, targets and actions on the ground. I commend Acheson + Glover Ltd. on delivering their commitment to environmental issues with integrity and enthusiasm and for integrating biodiversity conservation into the core of operations.”
Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland
Working with a number of environmental agencies, we have been able to develop biodiversity management schemes for each of our quarries. This also involves transforming our disused quarries into protected natural habitats where wildlife has the opportunity to thrive.