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Brown coal mines: areas of primary succession species


Name of the project:
Optimizing the management of brown coal mining areas as a tool for effective support of primary succession species: example of Tawny Pipit and Northern Wheatear

Partner of the project: Vršanská uhelná a.s.

Duration: 2014 – 2017

Financing: Technologická agentura ČR (TAČR)


Project number: TA04021269

Project leader: Václav Beran


Tawny Pipit

Project content:

The aim of the project is a) a detailed population study of Tawny Pipit, Northern Wheatear and Ortolan Bunting in mining areas and b) identification of habitat requirements of Tawny Pipit and Northern Wheatear. Based on collected data, practical and cost-effective methodologies for management measures landscape planning will be developed. Special maps of target species distribution, vegetation of the mining area and its habitat potential for these species will be created too. Nature conservation authorities, bureaus of mines and mining companies should use these methodologies and maps, for their work.


coal mining area

Another, by the program methodology not evaluated project goals, are: 1/ to increase the knowledge of responsible employees of the mining areas about the needs of target species, about their significance in our nature and about the possibility to protect these species through realisation of effective management measures, 2/ to increase the knowledge of responsible employees of the mining areas about the possibilities to increase the biodiversity in the landscape affected by mining activities, 3/ to provide compendious data about local populations of Tawny Pipit, Northern Wheatear and Ortolan Bunting to the locally competent Authority for nature conservation (Regional Authority of the Usti region) to ensure the efficient conservation of these species, 4/ to promote this issue by scientific publications and presentations at the conferences


primary succesion vegetation

Thanks to a long-term cooperation of ALKA Wildlife o.p.s. and Vršanská uhelná a.s., we were able to prepare a very unique project. The 100 ha of mining areas serve as a field laboratory, where we can regulate the conditions and then study their influence on distribution and abundance of endangered species. Our target species – tawny pipit and common wheatear are highly endangered and rare. Therefore, the project results and their practical utilisation should have positive impact on the populations of target species and of their typical habitats in general.

Experimental management of all studied plots (more than 100 ha) was finished at the end of February 2015.