Site of Nature Conservation Interest designation awarded to the South Heath area at Binnegar Quarry in Dorset

An area of heathland and associated habitats at Raymond Brown’s Binnegar Quarry in Dorset has been surveyed and assessed by the Sites of Nature Conservation Interest Panel.

The Sites of Nature Conservation Interest Project which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, identifies valuable wildlife areas which exist in many parts of Dorset outside of the protected Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  These pockets of undisturbed habitat, which are often found on farms and private land, form a valuable reservoir of wildlife and make an important contribution Dorset’s biodiversity.

The panel has collected data about the plants and animals surviving at the South Heath area and has produced a Management Statement which will be implemented and the results monitored through regular surveys in close liaison with the Raymond Brown site team.

Dr Sharron Abbott, SNCI Manager from the Dorset Wildlife Trust commented: “The Project recognises the efforts of Raymond Brown in restoring this area of former sand and gravel workings to a wildlife-rich mixture of habitats supporting a number of important species.   Its continued sympathetic management will mean that its wealth of wildlife will be available for future generations and will help towards our goal to promote heathland habitats at a landscape scale.”

Rob Westell, Raymond Brown Estates & Planning Director commented: “We are delighted to have the site recognised as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, Raymond Brown took an overgrown area of scrub and working with the landowner and ecologists, transformed it to a wildlife haven of heathland interspersed with wetland features and bare scrapes.  This habitat has already been occupied by a variety of species, some of which are nationally rare and is viewed as a model for heathland creation.”