We’ve been working with Marshalls Stancliffe Stone and visiting Birkhams Sandstone Quarry, just outside Sandwith, for a number of years. As part of their planning permission Marshalls Stancliffe Stone is required to restore areas of the quarry site once they have finished being worked for stone. At the end of 2016 topsoil from elsewhere on site was spread over the first restoration area. The decision was made not to use plug plants or seed the restoration area but to let it vegetate naturally using the seedbank in the topsoil.
The site is developing nicely with a good range of wildflower species now found across the site. We visit up to three times a year in the growing season to keep weedy species from becoming dominant (by removing most of the ragwort, bracken, dock and thistle) and record all the species we find on each visit. Our first visit for 2019 was on 13th July. Four volunteers worked alongside our Project Officer to pull up ragwort, nettle, dock and bracken (we decided to leave the thistle as it’s not big enough to pull up yet) and then we spent some time recording all the flowers and grasses we could see. We only spent about half an hour doing this and still recorded over 30 species which is great. Our next visit will be on 24th July – come along and join in!
The species we found are listed below:
Birds foot trefoil
Broad leaved dock
Devils bit scabious
Harts tongue fern (possible garden escapee)