On Monday July 9th we had the honour of hosting the Quarry Life Award UK judges on site to judge our entry in the 2018 competition.
The judging team were Martin Crow and Andy Duncan from Hanson, Richard Grimmett from Bird Life International and Helen Barnard from RSPB Nature After Minerals.
We spent some time at the main entrance, explaining the history of Tice's Meadow, it's restoration from working quarry to local nature reserve, and how the Tice's Meadow Bird Group came into existence. We then explained our QLA project (the Biodiversity Trail), and took the judges on a tour of our site via the trail.
By happy coincidence, the judges visit coincided with the ringing team from the Army Ornithological society being on site, conducting bird ringing as part of our commitment to monitoring the site's biodiversity.
School children from our partners at the Badshot Lea Village Infants School were also on site, choosing locations to display their newly painted wooden butterflies and dragonflies along the Biodiversity Trail. It was great to see that each child was clutching one of our new leaflets (produced as part of our QLA project), and to hear the great feedback from them about the new interpretation panels and the woodland feeding station.
We very much enjoyed meeting the judges, who provided us with some important feedback and were impressed with all the work the local community are doing on site, and how many people are using and enjoying the site.