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Awards

Paxton Pits has won, or been shortlisted for, several awards, both for its quarrying activity and its nature reserve.

2011: Dr Ray Matthews, Chair of the Friends of Paxton Pits, is awarded an MBE for 'services to conservation in Cambridgeshire' in the Queen's Birthday Honours List - see the News item

2010: Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch Group is awarded 'Best Wildlife Watch Group' by the Wildlife Trust

2009: Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch / Wildlife Explorers Group is awarded 'Best New Wildlife Watch Group' by the Wildlife Trust

2008: Bardon Aggregates' Little Paxton Quarry has been awarded first place in the Conservation category of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) - British Energy Business Bird Challenge 2008. The biennial competition aims to find the country's best industrial and commercial sites for birds. See the News item


2007: Two volunteers, Ray Matthews and Matthew Fox, win Cambridgeshire ACRE awards - see the News item

2007: Chairman of The Friends, Ray Matthews, wins Huntingdonshire District Council Volunteer Award for Impact - see News item


2004: Quarry sweeps the board, with Community, Conservation and Bird awards for large quarries in the BTO-Hanson Business Bird Challenge

2004: Quarry shortlisted by the Quarry Products Association. The recognition for Little Paxton Quarry comes as a result of its work in welcoming sand martins as regular visitors. They have even nested in vertical faces in stockpiles within the main plant area. The site team has recognised the importance of managing the species and has worked closely with the RSPB to create a best practice paper which has been widely circulated within the company and beyond. The QPA Showcase 2004 recognises excellence and sustainability across seven key categories; health and safety; restoration; biodiversity and geodiversity; community; heritage; operational best practice and resource conservation. Little Paxton quarry is one of 28 showcased sites.

2002: Quarry wins community award for large quarries in the BTO-Hanson Business-Bird Challenge