Biological Diversity

Operating mines can become important habitat for native species. Some areas of the mine site have intentionally been left to become wild for relatively long periods of time, creating a local haven for wildlife. A range of native species of trees have been planted. Wetland areas have been established on the fringes of mine settlement ponds. Native bulrushes, reeds and sedge are becoming naturally established. Areas seeded for restoration (even on a temporary basis) have been set with special mixtures designed for field margins, encouraging insects and birds.

Particularly pleasing to note are the presence of some common varieties of orchids that have established on restored land. Many species become habituated to mining activities and co-exist alongside. Examples are a colony of 50 pairs of sand martins which established themselves adjacent to an exploration drilling site near the mill, making use of a recently cut sandy bank, nesting swallows in the processing plant and workshop, hares, deer, foxes and visits by a pair of peregrine falcons. Mine Management ensure that the nest sites are protected to the maximum extent. Bats patrol the stockpile areas at night, making use of upswelling currents of air that lift insects.

No chemicals are used to manage vegetation on the mine's land.

The company continues to independently monitor the habitats of native species on its land and continues to restore land affected by its activities to ensure environmental impact is minimised.