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High Batts, North Stainley's local nature reserve, has launched 'In at the Start', a major long-term project based around the new Hansons Pennycroft quarry.

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As current resources run out, gravel quarrying will be extended further south along the River Ure towards Ripon. With the close involvement of local communities, environmental groups and local schools, High Batts Nature Reserve will be working with Hansons to monitor and record the changes around a working quarry and how wildlife and plant species respond.  The data gathered will help inform future plans for the restoration of the site and to maximise the opportunities for conservation gain and new habitats.

The project offers everyone the opportunity to be involved in a major long-term project from its early beginnings. You could also contribute to its eventual success in the Heidelberg Quarry Life Award scheme which offers practical and financial support to environmental projects throughout Europe.  Pennycroft is one of six nominees in the UK.

To find out more, and learn how you and your family can get involved, go to and check out 'In at the Start - Our New Project'.