CEMEX UK vice president of strategic planning Jaime Muguiro (left) with president of Butterfly Conservation, Sir David Attenborough.
Following building materials solutions company CEMEX UK's launch of the CEMEX UK Foundation to provide a single point of focus for all the company's charitable support, the company has announced its partnership with Butterfly Conservation as its charity of the year.
Following a vote by employees, the partnership was launched to coincide with the start of the butterfly flight season in a presentation to president of Butterfly Conservation, Sir David Attenborough, at London Zoo on 2 May.
CEMEX, which has leading positions in cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates is dedicated to building a better future and committed to sustainable development. It strives to minimise the impact of operations and work in partnership with local community and conservation groups.
In the UK, the company has more than 500 locations, many of which are quarries where butterflies and moths thrive, and where there is a long tradition of working with Butterfly Conservation.
In Stockton Cuttings in Southam, Warwickshire, CEMEX UK is working with the local Butterfly Conservation branch to preserve and create habitat for a number of species, including Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper.
This work has been going on both within the newly extended quarry, and also in a number of nearby disused quarries. Barrington Quarry in South Cambridgeshire is also home to the now increasingly rare Small Blue butterfly, which thrives on the chalk and limestone grassland there.
Established in 1968, Butterfly Conservation's aim is to conserve butterflies and moths, as well as the habitats on which they depend. The organisation has grown steadily to become the largest insect conservation organisation in Europe, campaigning to raise awareness and running action programmes to save threatened species.
Butterflies and moths are valuable indicators of the health of the environment. Over the coming months, CEMEX UK and Butterfly Conservation are planning a local campaign around a number of quarries to help raise awareness of what we can all do to save our Butterflies.
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CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com
Butterfly Conservation was founded in 1968. It is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, whose mission is the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats. Butterfly Conservation is the largest insect conservation society in Europe, and its purpose is to secure a lasting future for all native butterflies, moths and their habitats within the UK, to help restore a balanced countryside with butterflies and other wildlife restored to the profusion that they, and we, once enjoyed. For more information, see www.butterfly-conservation.org