Revegetate gravel pits
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Whilst mining can be a very damaging activity, it can also create habitats. After quarries and gravel pits become disused, they may offer valuable aquatic, terrestrial and marshland habitats, particularly if they are close to urban areas (Catchpole and Tydeman 1975). These habitats can often be bare immediately after abandonment, so restoring vegetation to them may greatly improve their value as habitats.
Catchpole, C.K. & Tydeman, C.F. (1975) Gravel pits as new wetland habitats for the conservation of breeding bird communities. Biological Conservation, 8, 47–59.