A new ecosystem for endangered species
Even though we take the utmost care to protect the environment when working at our extraction locations, it is of course inevitable that nature will be impacted to some extent, even if only temporarily. Thus, we already begin planning the restoration of a given location’s ecosystem years before we even begin removing any soil. Our goal is to leave the natural setting in as good a condition as we found it – or better!
The environmental groups with which we work have confirmed time and again how successful our efforts have been. Many plants and animals on the endangered species list, such as the yellow alkanet (see insert photo), have eventually been able to find a new home in our re-natured locations, whose biodiversity impresses even biologists. At our recultivated open pit in Frechen, for example, Cologne University offers nature excursions to its students. At the Gambach location, which has been re-natured into a bird sanctuary, one can find a huge population of rare bank swallows, wheat eaters and little ringed plovers.
A little ringed plover,
Foto: (c) Maximilian Schneider, Landau-Nußdorf. In Hohenbocka, meanwhile, we created a wetland area that adds to the biodiversity of the entire surrounding region. In Caminau, a dumpsite for silt and fine sand was converted to a new model habitat. The result is an artificial lake surrounded by reeds, with an island sanctuary in the middle that is off-limits to people.
We give Mother Nature a chance to work her magic!