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This project was implemented at the gravel pit “Nowogród Bobrzański” localized in the river valley of Bóbr in the southwestern Poland. Long-term extraction of gravel has changed the landscape to a great extent. The area once occupied mostly by farmlands and grasslands is now covered with artificial reservoirs, road infrastructure, embankments of waste gravel and active mining areas. Besides the elements created by human, we can observe here forests with different degree of naturalness and numerous open or semi-open habitats such as abandoned meadows, rushes, ponds and scrubs.
The main aim of this project was to investigate the actual vegetation and to analyze soil seed bank. Carrying out studies on vegetation made it possible to assess the value of nature within the gravel pit “Nowogród Bobrzański” and to determine threats from alien species. Analyses of the soil seed bank allowed us to predict further spontaneous development of vegetation in the post-mining areas subjected to secondary succession. The results of our study may be very useful in planning reclamation tasks and in optimizing the costs of reclamation by using natural resources hidden in soil.
This project involved young scientists from two universities: University of Wroclaw and Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. The research group consisted of students dealing with both basic research and applied science.
The project won the 1st Prize in National Quarry Life Award in 2014 in Poland.
Read more: http://www.quarrylifeaward.com/project/role-natural-succession-and-seed-bank-reclamation-and-shaping-biodiversity-post-mining-areas