Islands for living in Górażdże quarries

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Photo 1. Clearings of bushes and small trees performed on island in Malerzowice quarry have made the place much more attractive for birds. Black-headed gulls Larus ridibundus already begin to occupy the island and the Common Terns should appear soon.

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.

Photo 2. The biggest island on Nyskie reservoir is home to large colony of gulls and terns, but vegetation overgrowing the island has been threatening its existence. Removal of bushes should positively affect the number of breeding birds.

Photo 2. The biggest island on Nyskie reservoir is home to large colony of gulls and terns, but vegetation overgrowing the island has been threatening its existence. Removal of bushes should positively affect the number of breeding birds.

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!

Photo 3. Small gravel beach created on the island in Nyskie reservoir should attract the Common Terns Sterna hirundo and maybe even Little Tern Sterna albifrons – very rare species in Poland.

Photo 3. Small gravel beach created on the island in Nyskie reservoir should attract the Common Terns Sterna hirundo and maybe even Little Tern Sterna albifrons – very rare species in Poland.

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.

 

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