• Create a 6 ha island covered by lowland forests on the edge of the Tovačov Lakes.
• Construct a viewing tower and information facilities at the Tovačov Lakes.
• To maintain the important calcareous low-nutrient meadows intact and open by appropriate tending strategies.
• To restore connectivity of natural habitats (active and passive habitat restoration).
• Monitor the number of Whooper swans and find out their movements and origin.
• Study the behaviour of the swans and their use of the habitats in the gravel pits.
• Support the implementation of education activities at the quarry.
• Promotion of the target species Sand Martin in the pit Durmersheim nature conservation area – increase of the number of breeding pairs and breeding success.
• Test the application of a new model of artificial nesting houses.
• The knowledge of the Sand Martins increased by excursion and educational program for employees and school kids.
• Increase of the species richness associated with calcareous grasslands in the quarry and surrounding area of 75 ha.
• Restore and maintain a diverse cultural landscape of extensive livestock grazing.
• Support the preservation of primitive animal breeds of cattle and horses.
• Environmental training and education in cooperation with NABU Baden-Württemberg and their local groups.
• Creating a voluntary “code of conduct” for IAS free quarries in Israel, which will include at least 50% of the national production.
• Promoting the code of conduct as a business advantage, by mainstreaming the demand for clean aggregates (material that originated from an IAS free quarry) in infrastructure construction.
• Promoting regulations that support invasive free quarries..
• Analyse the food preferences and hunting behaviour of the Red backed shrike.
• Develop strategies to control invasive Butterfly bush, without causing population declines of (rare) local fauna that may have become nutritionally depended on this bush.
The goal of this project is to explore opportunities for aggregate sites to carry out experimental and observational studies on silt lagoons to develop processes for their effective restoration and subsequent use as wader habitat.
Nature After Minerals (NAM) is a partnership between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the English government’s natural environment advisory body, Natural England, which looks to promote and share best practice in mineral site restoration for enhanced biodiversity.
• Restore the quality of the lake habitats for breeding birds: more open water, meadows and lake shores as suitable habitats for breeing and feeding birds.
• Reduce the nutrient content of the lake and improve the ecological status of its outflowing waters.
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