Mineral planning news and policy developments covering aggregates, building stone, industrial and energy minerals, development plans, restoration, and research.
Total volume of aggregates handled at rock wharves across Britain went up last year - despite an overall decline since the start of the century.
Breedon Group saw profits jump 50% in 2016 thanks to last year's takeover of Hope Construction Materials.
Some of the UK's biggest building projects such as Crossrail 2 are to benefit from a £12m expansion of a deep-water terminal.
A UK-first nature monitoring scheme analysing the DNA of insects is set to be used across 400 minerals sites.
A 5,000-year-old pit where neolithic miners used antlers to hack out flint has been opened to the public.