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Areas after exploitation, arising out of mining processes, are interesting examples of anropogenetic habitat, which can be used by some rare species of amphibians and reptiles. As part of our project we did a comprehensive inventory focused on these groups of animals and we will specify which species are present in the quarry and select the best habitat for them. We hope to confirm the presence of smooth snake - a rare and very interesting species of snake. For this purpose we will appear regularly in the quarry to conduct field work.
The knowledge gained in this way allows us to elaborate a detailed plan and methods to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the mine area after the cessation of its activities. We want our research to help in the efficient reclamation in the future. The last important step will be creating the educational publications, regarding the need and methods of protection of amphibians and reptiles that advertises biodiversity of the Limestone Quarry “Górażdże”, which will be addressed to a wide range of people, especially children and youth.
The project won the Grand Prize of the Quarry Life Award 2014
Read more: http://www.quarrylifeaward.com/project/comprehensive-inventory-herpetofauna-limestone-quarry-gorazdze-particular-emphasis-rare