Spoilt for Choice: The Surprising Invertebrate Fauna of Colliery Spoil

Liam Olds, Founder of the Colliery Spoil Biodiversity Initiative, will be visiting from South Wales to discuss the value of coal tips and the fascinating species associated with these overlooked habitats.

Colliery spoil tips are an iconic feature in the landscape of the south Wales valleys. Once black eye-sores in the landscape, decades of abandonment has allowed a wide variety of species to colonise these previously baron industrial landscapes. As a result, many coal tips now support habitats and wildlife of considerable local biodiversity value.  Liam has been responsible for surveying these reclaimed spoil tips, to improve and protect them for future generations. This unique research has fascinating connections to the Heart of the Forest which also contains land features left over from the heavy mineral extraction which previously dominated the landscape.

Capacity for the talk is limited. To book a place contact 01283 511211 or

Reclaimed spoil heap in South Wales

Event Information

Date:01 Nov 2016

Time:7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Address:National Forest YHA
48 Bath Lane
DE12 6BD
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