In biodiversity terms, the Peak District is special. The limestone dominated White Peak area has been heavily influenced by farming, forestry, mining, demand for water and tourism. The Peak and surrounding Dales sustain many high-quality and sometimes rare habitats. Species rich grassland support a range of plant species; scrub and woodland supports a range of bats, birds, flora and invertebrates; limestone cliffs, rocky outcrops and scree slopes support specialised trees, birds, grasses and herbs, mosses and lichens and rivers and streams provide habitat for a range of fish, and other aquatic species.
Longcliffe plays a vital role in maintaining and improving biodiversity we are passionately committed to the protection of the environment. The company is justifiably proud of its strong environmentally friendly reputation supported by our continued investment in environmental protection. We recognise our responsibilities within the local community and to the environment in general. Our policy is always to take account of best environmental practice and to strive to be a good neighbour.
As a part of our on-going environmental management programme, we are committed to ensuring that our activities both protect and wherever possible enhance biodiversity in the Peak District and surrounding countryside. Current projects underway to reduce environmental impact include: Implementing a company wide Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) that includes hay meadow and woodland restoration projects.
To reduce the impact on the wider environment we have calculated our carbon footprint and we are now in the process of implementing a programme to reduce our carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.
The BAP will in time enhance the quarry restoration programme by providing measurable ecological objectives and targets. Examples of how this will be achieved include: Creating conditions sympathetic to the development of a rich natural flora and fauna; providing nesting sites for birds including the Peregrine Falcon and Raven; creating diverse species rich hay meadows that were once a common sight in the Derbyshire Dales and enhancing local woodlands to compliment the Via Gellia SSSI.
Our Brassington Moor Quarry has been classified as a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS) by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. The designation of RIGS is one way of recognising and protecting important heritage and landscape features for future generations to enjoy. Longcliffe also sits in close proximity to the Peak District National Park and the Via Gallia SSSI.