Lanu - Normale Ansicht

Shaping the post mining landscape in Zeissholz

The former open cast mine, which can be viewed as part of the old mining industry is located in the Saxony Niederlausitzer Heath nature region. Under contract from the LaNu Nature Protection Fund, a landscape and object planning engineer’s office developed a new design for this area spoiled by deposits of waste.

The new natural landscape design was completed in 2012 in partnership with the neighbouring company Grauwacke GmbH. Clearance cairns, a rocky biotope made from greywacke stone and pools provide ideal conditions for animals. The nature observation area is also easy to reach by the new network of paths.

Forest lighting, maintained by the local NABU Wittichenau group, was set up to act as a stepping stone into the neighbouring Dubringer Moor and to preserve open landscape species which had come there. Another open land area is grazed naturally by sheep.

Its importance as natural protected area is due to the complexity of the biotope types found there. There is a marshy succession forest, a tall perennial herb meadow, a wet deciduous forest and a lake in an old mine site. The succession forest is a former mining site, now covered by birch trees. Hemp agrimony and reeds can be found in open areas. The deciduous forest consists mainly of black alder and ash. Water loving plants such as good king Henry and sedum grow in open areas. Cotton grass, peat moss, wild rosemary and water lillies populate the water filled residual mining holes.

By acquiring the sites, the LaNU Nature Protection Fund has ensured the long term preservation of this area in the context of nature protection.

Sophie Löbel

Sächsische Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt
Riesaer Straße 7
01129 Dresden

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