The operating quarries create a variety of habitats with different level of disturbance, which is rare in the surrounding undisturbed landscapes.
It makes conditions for continuous creation/restoration of habitats, spontaneous succession and habitats of endangered pioneer species appears.
Invertebrates which are living on the surface of the soil can serve as indicators of biodiversity and general state of habitats and quarry soils due to their sensitiveness to habitat changes.
The project will include:
the inventory of the ground invertebrates;
investigation of their biodiversity changes in the gradient of habitat disturbance;
research of the seasonal dynamics of biodiversity;
identification of the rare and endangered species;
assessment of the possibility of using certain species (groups) of ground invertebrates as bio-indicators of natural and disturbed ecosystems.