Research competition at Cheddar quarry

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 October 2015

Batts Combe Quarry.

Batts Combe Quarry.


STUDENTS and academics are being invited to take part in a research competition to be in with the chance of winning £22,000.

The competition is being organised by HeidelbergCement, the parent company of Hanson UK which runs Batts Combe Quarry in Cheddar.

People can win £22,000 in the Quarry Life Award by finding new ideas for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in quarries.

The categories cover habitat and species research, biodiversity management and education, and raising awareness.

The proposals for research projects will be accepted until March 1, 2016.

A panel of experts will decide the best projects to progress to the research phase, which will be carried out in quarries next summer, including the one in Cheddar.

Martin Crow, Hanson’s senior sustainability manager, said: “Since launching in 2011, the award has increased dialogue with the academic community and non-governmental organisations which is helping to inform the development of biodiversity action plans at all our sites.

“Our aim for the 2016 award is to encourage more projects which can support and enhance biodiversity at all our quarries.”

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