Mining sites of Górażdże company are important breeding places for many waterbirds. The group especially rich in endangered and conservation dependent taxa are those inhabiting islands.
In Górażdże mining sites at least 3 species threatened at the EU level are breeding on islands, i.e. Common Tern, Little Tern, Mediterranean Gull together with some other important species like Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Ringed Plover. But the accessibility of islands for birds is often restricted, because of limited number of islands or their unfavorable structure, caused for example by overgrowing vegetation.
The project carried out by Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife in Poland), together with Górażdże company, aims to improve the situation of island breeding birds in chosen Górażdże quarries.
First stage of the works planned within the project, has been completed. The ground works performed in Malerzowice and Wójcice mining sites created suitable habitats on islands in quarries. The bushes, small trees and patches of reeds have been removed, the soil layer has been appropriately shaped and gravel or sand beaches for terns have been created.
The works in Wójcice quarry on Nyskie reservoir were especially demanding because heavy equipment needed to be transported and used on the big island. Now islands are ready for birds to come and breed, and as first Common and Little terns are heading towards Poland from wintering grounds, we will soon see if they will accept these brand new homes!
Project “Strengthening the role of waterbodies in Górażdże Group mining sites for conservation of island-breeding birds” is funded by the Partnership programme between BirdLife International and HeidelbergCement Group, and by Górażdże company.