Colliery spoil

Colliery-spoil biodiversity of the South Wales Valleys

Colliery spoil tips are often cast in a bad light because of their association with a heavily industrialised past, but those that remain have developed into outstanding sites for wildlife. Liam Olds and Richard Wistow explain the key features that make the tips so biologically interesting, and celebrate the rich biodiversity of the South Wales

The wildlife significance of a former colliery site in Yorkshire

The economic demise of the coal industry in Yorkshire over the last 15 years has resulted in vast areas of abandoned collieries and spoil heaps. Although conventional wisdom has often dismissed these sites as having negligible wildlife interest, the opposite can be the case. The legacy from mining in Yorkshire has temporarily provided us with

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