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Schuddebeurze: Developing a master plan for abandoned quarries

The demonstration site ‘Schuddebeurze’ is situated at the Flemish coast (Belgium).

These so-called ‘old’ sand dunes are acidic in nature, which is rather rare in a calcareous coastal environment. Because of the relics of acidophile vegetation and the presence of Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), the site is part of the Natura 2000 network (SAC) and the Flemish ecological network.


The site has in the past been subject to sand and clay extraction after which most of the pits were filled with domestic waste and/or inert materials like building waste.

The challenge lies in the development of a technical master plan for the site in order to increase biodiversity (in light of the conservation goals - Natura 2000), to integrate several partly-cleaned up pits in the landscape and to promote nature-friendly recreation, in a historic context (a well-conserved Field Battery from WWII).

This will encompass thorough study of the site from different perspectives (nature, hydrology, soil, landscape, current recreation activity, and interviews with stakeholders). A cost-benefit-analysis of the dump problem will be performed in order to support the decision-making to whether or not cure the waste dumps.


Demonstration site Schuddebeurze with an indication of extraction sites (yellow: sand extractions, not filled up), most of them filled with dump (various origins). Dotted blue = open water, mostly former clay extractions.


Download RESTORE project information leaflet for the Schudderbeurze site above (in English)