Argus Ecology

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Mineral Extraction

Argus Ecology has wide experience in the ecological impact assessment, monitoring and restoration of quarries. These include hard rock aggregate quarries for limestone, dolomite and whinstone; building stone quarries for limestone and sandstone; sand and gravel extraction; and the restoration of metal mine tailings dams and coal waste heaps. We have also provided expert witness services at planning appeals for a limestone quarry extension in a National Park, and an opencast coal mine proposal near Tyneside.

While minerals extraction activities have a highly disruptive effect on the existing landscape, few activities provide as much scope for ecological enhancement. Large areas of new wetland can be created through sand and gravel extraction; limestone quarries can be restored to provide species-rich grassland. But establishment of vegetation can be challenging on substrates such as mine tailings dams and quarry waste, requiring specialist expertise to inform choice of species, establishment methods and management.