Artificial Islands to Support Breeding Birds in Sand an Gravel Pits - Poland
Why is this project needed?
Three bird species threatened at the EU level (listed in Annex I of Birds Directive) and 2 species endangered in Poland breed on islands in Górażdże mining sites: Common Tern, Little Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull. But the available islands are often not enough or in poor condition due to erosion or overgrowth by vegetation (linked with natural succession). Therefore conservation actions are needed to increase the accessibility of island habitats for birds and to increase breeding populations.
- Creation of a sandy island in Malerzowice pit, where a sand peninsula will be cut off from the bank;
- Creation of two artificial islands of modular concrete type in Nowogród Bobrzański pit;
- Removal of reeds, trees and bushes and clearing of small gravel beaches on selected islands in Wójcice and Malerzowice pits.
This will in consequence increase the populations of endangered bird species, mainly terns and gulls.
- Increased bird colonies will add value to the natural landscape, providing aesthetic and ecological benefits to the region;
- Views on the artificial islands in Nowogród Bobrzański mining site will become part of the educational path prepared by local authorities.