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Brownfield case studies

We have undertaken projects to improve valuable brownfield sites for invertebrates across the UK, becoming the national experts and leaving a legacy of improved management and knowledge.  

A number of case studies have been produced showcasing this work, to demonstrate what can be done across the country for rare and scarce species.

Rubble piles at UEL © Stuart Connop

Please click on the links in the download sidebar to view case studies from:

  • BP CATS, Teesside. The BP CATS facility sits on land reclaimed from the Tees Estuary using river dredgings and blast furnace slag, which has developed into a mosaic of sparsely vegetated, calcareous habitats.
  • Canvey Wick SSSI, Canvey Island. Canvey Wick is a 93ha former oil refinery that was created in the 1970s by covering coastal grazing marsh with several metres of dredged sand, gravel and silt from the Thames. 
  • Roughcastle, Falkirk. Roughcastle is now a popular park which has been reclaimed by nature, but during the last 200 years the site has been used for mineral extraction, working fish oil and guano, and as a refuse tip.
  • Tata Steel, Scunthorpe. Tata Steel has undertaken iron ore extraction and steel processing for 150 years, with a mosaic of introduced substrates such as blast furnace slag, soil characteristics and successional stages.
  • UEL Beetle Bump, London. The UEL Beetle Bump transformed an unused 0.1ha patch of land into suitable habitat for the rare Streaked bombardier beetle (Brachinus sclopeta), creating attractive landscaping in a busy, modern university campus.
  • Untidy Industries, Basildon. Untidy Industries is a former vehicle wrecking yard with heavy metal contamination and a range of introduced substrates across the site.
  • Whittlesey Brick Pits, Peterborough. The Whittlesey Brick Pits complex has a long history of disturbance from clay extraction, producing a rich mosaic of dry and wet habitats, providing new inland opportunities for coastal species.

The Brownfield Hub is funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation