The Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project will become an expansive mosaic of wildlife-rich wetland habitat which will be over 980 football pitches in size by 2030.
Over 28 million tonnes of sand and gravel will be excavated at Needingworth Quarry during this 30-year project, which began in 2001. The quarry is being worked in defined sections which are progressively restored by Hanson before being handed over to the RSPB for future management.
The project is the largest planned nature conservation restoration scheme following sand and gravel extraction in Europe. When complete, it will include the UK’s biggest reedbed. This will cover 4.6 square kilometres (or 644 football pitches), recreating some of the lost wetland habitat that once dominated the entire Fenland landscape.