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Partnership Site Biodiversity Advisor appointed

30th January 2012: Cleopatra Ridgeway has been appointed Site Biodiversity Advisor supporting the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and CEMEX UK biodiversity partnership, which is now in its third year.

This new role, as part of the conservation management advisory team, will help deliver biodiversity conservation at operational level within the quarries, while assisting CEMEX UK manage its biodiversity commitments throughout the organization.

As well as undertaking desk-based and field reviews of CEMEX quarry sites, Cleo will have to negotiate with a wide spectrum of key external stakeholders, such as Local Authority Planning Officers, to obtain ecological information about the quarry habitats and species in order to develop Biodiversity Action Plans.

Communicating and advising the site managers on biodiversity best practice will be essential in this role.

Cleo studied Zoology at Cardiff University and has a Masters in Conservation from University College of London. She had a 7 month sabbatical as a residential volunteer warden at the RSPB Lake Vyrnwy reserve in North Wales which included monitoring the birdlife.

"I am looking forward to visiting the quarries which are often situated in wonderful countryside. With proper after-care and management these sites will become highly bio-diverse for the benefit of wildlife and people," comments Cleo.

The RSPB and CEMEX UK partnership began in 2009 with the appointment of Dr Sam Tarrant as the CEMEX-dedicated RSPB advisor. 2010 saw the launch of a Biodiversity Strategy with a commitment by CEMEX to challenging biodiversity targets covering its operations in the UK, including the creation and maintenance of 1,000 hectares of priority habitats by 2020. In a recent 2010 Sustainable Development Update, the company reported that 121 hectares of UK BAP priority habitats had been created and were being managed in just one year.

In Autumn 2011 the partnership between CEMEX UK and RSPB was formally agreed to continue for a further year.


Notes to editors:

  • For further information and photographs contact Elizabeth Young t. 01932 583214 e.
  • CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, concrete-block paving, and concrete block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 450 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see,
  • In 2007, CEMEX signed a global Memorandum of Understanding with Birdlife International. This involves a 10-year partnership for BirdLife's counsel, advice and expertise will be integrated into the management of over 400 quarry sites operated by CEMEX around the world
    The Birdlife International partner in the UK is Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB);
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