Protection of xerothermic habitats

As part of the project “Protection of xerothermic habitats in Natura 2000 areas on the Miechów Upland” implemented by the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Krakow, our company performs nature studies for four areas:

  • Natura 2000 Cybowa Góra PLH120049 (area 18,15 ha)
  • Natura 2000 Giebułtów PLH120051 (area 6,38 ha)
  • Natura 2000 Grzymałów PLH120053 (area 15,23 ha)
  • Natura 2000 Kalina Mała PLH120054 (area 25,64 ha)

Subject of protection in the areas is priority natural habitat – Festuco-Brometea xerothermic grasslands and the accompanying bushes of juniper. In addition in Grzymałów there is a rare species of orchid – Cypripedium calceolus.

In 2014, the work covered a partial inventory of vascular plants and natural habitats.
A program of the most urgent safeguard measures for 2014-1017 was proposed, which included the removal of moths, mowing and grazing of sheep and goats. These tasks are aimed at detaining the process of natural plant succession, which is one of the biggest threats to xerothermic grasslands.

In 2015, the first consultation meeting was held on the preparation of documentation for the Natura 2000 Environmental Protection Plan (PZO).

Documentation work is ongoing and will also cover 2017.

Field inventory and monitoring of valuable species of plants and natural habitats are under way. From 2016 on the area of xerothermic grasslands Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection from Krakow also runs sheep and goat grazing. The areas qualified for this procedure were indicated by us last year.

Land cover and ventilation Atlas of Krakow
Forests defoliation assessment in the vicinity of Wroclaw motorway bypass