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Grabschütz / Post-Mining Landscape

Project AreaNorth Saxony District
AcquisitionJune 2002
Size445.84 ha
Special Protected Area (SPA)
ManagementNABU Saxony State Associationlocal planning officeLandschaftspflegeverband Nordestsachsen e.V. - (North West Saxony Countryside Preservation Association)

Importance as a Natural Protected Area:

Once coal production stopped, the area was largely left to its own devices. Pre-woodland stages developed with the establishment of birch, quaking aspen and meadow on the banks of the lake. You will also find marsh helleborine, sea bulrush, common centaury, lupins and coltsfoot in this area.

Bird life also benefits from the diversity of the vegetation and complexity of the region. This means you will find corn bunting, golden oriole, tawny pipit, whinchat, northern wheatear, eurasion skylark and northern lapwning. They find perfect rest and breeding conditions in Grabschütz.


The reed area around Grabschützer Lake is the habitat for a pair of bitterns. The great bittern prefers large, not too thick reed areas with a good supply of food (small fish, amphibians and insect larvae). Their territory extends widely along lake shores or bays.


The rise in the water table will lead to further development of the Grabschützer Lake and the bordering areas. Experts estimate that the lake will reach its maximum water level around 2022, and could be up to 23 metres deep by then.


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


Conservation and Development:

The Grabschützer Lake is surrounded by a walking path around seven kilometres long. A total of 17 information boards have been set up, providing information about flora, fauna, the history of the region and of mining. This nature trail is easy to reach on foot or by bike from the Zwochau car park.


Further information about the nature trail

In order to do justice to the demands of preservation and developmental plans in this SPA area, and to safeguard the habitats of the species living in this open area, Scottish highland deer graze on around 20 hectares of grassland. They stop the area from becoming overgrown and encourage balanced vegetation by their selective feeding behaviour.


In addition, cairns with nesting areas were set up in 5 different locations to encourage re-settlement of the hoopoe, and other nesting boxes were also set up, for example for owls and tawny owls.

Tomas Brückmann

Sächsische Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt
Riesaer Straße 7
01129 Dresden

+49 (0)351 - 81 41 67 79
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