A disused quarry could be transformed into a wildlife centre after a parish council near Bridgnorth was given permission to find £250,000 of funding.
After holding a meeting with agents for quarry owners, Lafarge, Eardington Parish Council announced it had been given more time to raise the money.
The parish council is looking at securing the quarry in Astbury, which has not been used since 2010, to it turn into a wildlife and conservation centre.
Parish clerk Eileen Reynolds said: “We held a meeting with Lafarge’s agent, Savills UK, who agreed to give the parish council more time to investigate the possibility of finding funding.
“We need to have further details about the land to go ahead with purchasing the quarry and turning it into a nature reserve.
“Nobody has offered us any money yet but it’s still early and we’ll keep trying all the relevant bodies.”
More than 100 residents turned up to a previous meeting to protest against the sale of the quarry following concerns about the effect it would have on a number of rare and protected animals.
Chelmarsh Parish Council also discussed the proposed sale of the former quarry.