Compensation and gravel mining

Die avisierte Endgestaltung der Kiesabbaufläche bildet einen essentiellen Baustein im Lebensraumverbund (Aufnahmejahr: 2011 )

This site, which is still used for gravel extraction, serves as an example for future mining developments as to how sustainable conservation aims can be implemented early on.

The objective is to manage and develop the mine in a way best suited to nature conservation, but without impairing the mining operation – even during the excavation and backfilling phases,

The Stiftung Naturschutz is still in open negotiations (effective 2013) with the entities (mining companies?)  and the UNB as approving authority on the extent of mining operations to be permitted and the conservation measures necessary to protect wildlife during the mining operations.

This excavation site serves as an essential connection between two established heathland/oligotrophic grassland areas. But more than that, the mining operations have inadvertently created landscape conditions that have proved ideal for a number of rare species. For instance, the biggest larval habitats of the six-spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) were identified near the workings. In the particularly wet spring (beginning in May) many of the site’s small-scale depressions became waterlogged and carried water for long enough to enable the natterjack toad to experience a population explosion.