The Charny-sur-Meuse quarry is located in the floodplain on the left bank of the River Meuse in the immediate vicinity of Verdun in the Meuse department (55).
The quarry extracts alluvial materials intended for the hydraulic concrete market. Annual production is approximately 130,000 tonnes.
This quarry has been operational for over 30 years. The redevelopment already undertaken focused on the creation of ecological water bodies to promote the colonisation of avifauna situated in the valley of the Meuse, which is classified as a Special Protection Area under Natura 2000.
The quarry already provides shelter to many species of birds, some of which are native and nesting species: the little ringed plover, the red-backed shrike, the common tern, the common reed bunting, the kingfisher, the black-crowned night heron, the spotted crake and sand martins that nest in large numbers in the sand stockpiles in the facility (300 nests recorded in 2016) and for which specific safeguarding measures have been taken during the nesting periods: all interference is prohibited and signposts are situated close to the stockpiles where nests are located; relevant procedures are displayed in the premises of the quarry.
Operations in certain areas of the quarry are forbidden due to the presence of protected plants, in particular the Succisa pratensis, or because they are used for breeding by amphibians and reptiles.
Future redevelopments will involve extending existing water bodies and creating wetlands (meadows, reed beds, shoals, islets) suitable for sheltering species found in the Meuse valley. At the same time, a stream that passes through the immediate area will be restored as part of the renewal and extension of the quarry.
Ongoing nature projects
- Mr Patrice Costa, a nature reporter, has been monitoring and recording the avifauna species at the Charny-sur-Meuse quarry for several years and also offers advice with regard to redevelopment.
- School trips are regularly organised at the quarry in order to allow youngsters to discover the extraction activities first hand.