Spontaneous succession in limestone quarries as an effective restoration tool for endangered arthropods and plants

  title={Spontaneous succession in limestone quarries as an effective restoration tool for endangered arthropods and plants},
  author={Robert Tropek and Tom{\'a}{\vs} Kadlec and Petra Kare{\vs}ov{\'a} and Luk{\'a}{\vs} Spitzer and Petr Ko{\vc}{\'a}rek and Igor Malenovsk{\'y} and Petr Baňař and Ivan Hadri{\'a}n Tuf and Martin Hejda and Martin Konvi{\vc}ka},
  journal={Journal of Applied Ecology},
Summary 1. The view of post-mining sites is rapidly changing among ecologists and conservationists, as sensitive restoration using spontaneous succession may turn such sites into biodiversity refuges in human-exploited regions. However, technical reclamation, consisting of covering the sites by topsoil, sowing fast-growing herb mixtures and planting trees, is still commonly adopted. Until now, no multi-taxa study has compared technically reclaimed sites and sites left with spontaneous… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Spontaneous succession on opencast mining sites: implications for bird biodiversity

Summary Remediation of lands devastated by industry includes various forms of restoration, such as technical reclamation and spontaneous succession. These management approaches are debated

Spontaneous revegetation vs. forestry reclamation in post-mining sand pits

The results support the use of spontaneous revegetation as an effective and low-cost method of sand pit restoration and may contribute to implementation of this method in practice.

Additional disturbances as a beneficial tool for restoration of post-mining sites: a multi-taxa approach

Recreational activities seem to be an economically efficient restoration tool that will also benefit biodiversity in sand pits and favour biodiversity in open interior sands through spontaneous succession.

Vegetation structure, species life span, and exotic status elucidate plant succession in a limestone quarry reclamation

An understanding of the processes involved in plant succession is pivotal in achieving an effective site restoration. In a former limestone quarry (northeastern Italy), we explored the effects of a



The Flora and Invertebrate Fauna of Abandoned Limestone Quarries in Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Abandoned limestone quarries are hostile environments for plant and invertebrate colonization and establishment. The length of time taken for successful establishment by natural processes may be

Limestone Quarries as Refuges for European Xerophilous Butterflies

Abstract: The large‐scale decline of traditionally managed early‐successional habitats caused by the joint effects of agricultural intensification and abandonment of marginal lands has resulted in a

Spontaneous Vegetation Succession in Gravel–Sand Pits: A Potential for Restoration

Vegetation variability, the participation of target and undesirable species, and the role of local species pool were studied in the course of spontaneous succession in disused gravel–sand pits. The

Spontaneous and initiated succession on unvegetated slopes in the abandoned lignite‐mining area of Goitsche, Germany

. In this study, we examined the colonization of unvegetated, dry slopes in the lignite-mining area of Goitsche, Germany. The plots, characterized by different habitat conditions, were studied from

Vegetation succession in basalt quarries: Pattern on a landscape scale

Abstract A spatio-temporal variation of vegetation during spontaneous succession was studied in 56 basalt quarries spread over 1800 km2 in the České středohoří Hills (NW Czech Republic, Central

The ground beetle fauna (Coleoptera:Carabidae) of abandoned fields, as related to plant cover, previous management and succession stage

  • G. Tyler
  • Environmental Science
    Biodiversity and Conservation
  • 2007
Abandoned non-grazed fields are important hibernating and breeding refuges for many carabids and ought to be considered as an additional alternative in environment conservation policy, which now usually recommends economically subsidised grazing on set-aside land.