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Quarry to the rescue as tadpoles dry out.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

A FIRM proved to have a heart of gold - by becoming tadpole champions.

Staff at Johnsons Wellfield Quarries leaped into action to become rescue heroes.

They saved thousands of tadpoles in danger of dying as the pond in which they had been born became in grave danger of drying up in the heatwave which hit Huddersfield.

Now thanks to their efforts - and the heavy weekend rain - the tadpoles are thriving in their new home.

The drama happened at one of the quarries run by the firm off Thewlis Lane at Crosland Hill.

There is a public footpath running through the edge of the quarry and concerned local residents realised there was a problem with the pond.

Mrs Ros Gillan said: "Several of us who walk in that area realised there was a big problem with the pond.

"We were dismayed to see the water disappearing rapidly with the large number of tadpoles in danger of being stranded and dying.

"We got in touch with Johnsons who own the site and immediately the firm sent out equipment to help.

"They sent men with a huge 1,000-cubic metre water tank and kept the pond topped up through the hot weather.

"Quarries can get a bad name because of the disruption to the natural habitat but Johnsons have pulled out all the stops to save the colony of tadpoles.

"It is not the first time they have helped. They have created several ponds on the site, made islands for birds to nest in and have planted many trees, along with Colne Valley Tree Society.

"They have even put in carved stone seats so people can enjoy the area."

Becky Slater, quarry manager, said: "A lot of people use the footpath through the quarry and they alerted us to the problems with the pond.

"It is a natural pond and obviously became a colony for the frogs.

"We sent people up there a couple of times with water tanks to keep the levels topped up and obviously the rain has now helped."

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TIGHT FOR SPACE: Tadpoles struggle in the remains of the pond and, right, the pond is topped up by staff from Johnsons Wellfield Quarries
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2013
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