France, Quatre trous gravel

Wildlife and vegetation populating our quarries

Quarries are not just material-extraction sites - they are also wonderful shelters for various kinds of wildlife and vegetation. At Peyrolles-en-Provence in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, the transformation of the Quatre tours gravel pit into an eco-friendly wetland goes back to 1980. Other experiments have followed. Eight years ago, inspired by the above example, Durance Granulats installed a reed bed, mudflats, and a wetland at Ballastière des Chapeliers near a zone under development, thereby attracting specific species of wildlife and vegetation. Once extraction operations are terminated, the area will be managed by a group of associations that participated in the developing the project.

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