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Deutzen / Post-Mining Landscape

Deutzen / Post-Mining Landscape

Project AreaLeipzig District
AcquisitionDecember 2003
Size141.57 ha
Fauna-Flora-Habitat (FFH)
Special Protected Area (SPA)
ManagementÖkologische Station (Ecological Station) Borna-Birkenhain e.V.

Importance as a Natural Protected Area:

The region clearly shows the character of a former mining area, and consists of two ash sinks. A change in the vegetation has come about due to the significant intervention in nature. Today, communities of scree vegetation are typical of the area.


The rising water table has led to the development of wet biotopes, providing habitats for numerous plant and animal species. As protected plant species, centaury has been found amongst others. In some areas, you can find small sections of semi-dry grass land with the corresponding typical types of plant.


On the open land and succession areas you will come across numerous species of birds, mammals, amphibians and insects, including tree frogs, cranes, moor ox and great white heron. The variety of insects such as butterflies, hoverflies, dragonflies and ground beetles can be attributed to the large proportion of blooming plant species in the area.


The area is of particular importance with regard to protection of birds. In the past there was regular evidence of breeding corn crake. On top of that, there is a magnificent natural show every autumn, when the northern wild geese look for somewhere to rest before they continue their journey south.


As the area is in the FFH region, it has special European level protection status.


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


Conservation and Development:

To protect open land-loving species and their habitats, it was absolutely necessary to stop the ongoing overgrowing in the area.


In 2010 the LaNU Nature Protection Fund leased the area as a whole out for year round grazing by wild horses (koniks) to the Crawinkel Agrar GmbH company. The wild horses are owned by the LaNU Nature Protection Fund and were supplied to the Agrar GmbH via a leasing agreement.


As the wild horses - with a few exceptions - do not receive additional feed during the vegetation-poor season between November and March, they eat the less appealing parts of the plants at this time. This leads to an effective reduction in the wooded areas, which helps preserve the semi-open character of the landscape.

Sophie Löbel

Sächsische Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt
Riesaer Straße 7
01129 Dresden

+49 (0)351 - 81 41 67 79
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