The prime objective of quarry management is to ensure a smooth and efficient production process throughout the site. Deadwood, rubble or woody encroachment are potentially impeding this process and thus are seen as disruptive factors. Thus, maintenance cuts of trees and shrubs are carried out, and scree slopes are removed. This causes extra work and disposal costs. But in fact, nature could benefit from a more intelligent disposal process. The aim of our project is to change the current routine for waste materials into a use-orientated concept, which at the same time generates new value for nature. Our target species are smooth snake, grass snake, common lizard and slow worm, because quarries are important secondary habitat for reptiles. All species have already been sighted in the quarry and in the closer vicinity. Through improving their habitats in the quarry, also the regional individual exchange is promoted. Our aim is to optimize habitats instead of creating new installations. This ’use-oriented’ concept is integrated in the ongoing quarry operation and can be adapted to any quarry worldwide. Our main methods are: 1. Relocation of the compost heap based on a new "rotational compost concept" to avoid disturbances in the hibernating period and oviposition phase, and ensuring more diverse temperatures. 2. Optimization of dead wood inventory. 3. Removal of vegetation on the scree slopes to improve places for sun-basking of reptiles.
Schmidmühlener Strasse 30, Burglengenfeld, Bayern
Biodiversity management, Species research
Quarry Life Award 2016