The Bagard quarry has been extracting limestone from the hillside since the start of the 1980s. It is used for the production of natural aggregates intended for the hydraulic concrete market and road works in the Greater Alès region (110,000 inhabitants).
The quarry covers an area of 21 ha, of which 14 ha is used for extraction. It is located on a hill, nestled in the foothills of the Cévennes and dominates the plains of Gardons d'Anduze and Alès. This region is very popular with tourists and also has an important mining heritage (coal and metals).
The quarry is located at the heart of the Natura 2000 site called "Les Falaises d'Anduze", which is known in particular for its typical Mediterranean habitat: calcareous grasslands mainly covered with wild Brachypodium as well as large limestone cliffs harbouring numerous rupicolous species such as the Eurasian eagle-owl.
Ongoing nature projects:
The objective of the land redevelopment is to encourage rupicolous birds to colonise the site (Eurasian eagle-owl, blue rock thrush, short-toed snake eagle, peregrine falcon, wallcreeper) and bats (Savi's pipistrelle).
With the support of specialists from Biotope (the ecological consultancy firm), bat boxes have been installed.
With the help of Valorhiz, the working corridors have been replanted with artificially mycorrhized plants and seeds to encourage the colonisation of the plant canopy by insects, the first link in the food chain for many birds and bats.