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.

19Сен

Inside the pitfall trap

Astonishing macroview of pitfall trap "intestine"

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01Сен

A project collage

Several pictures about this project in one image

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25Авг

Small vertebrate animals in the Shah-Tau quarry

One reptile species, two amphibian species, two small mammals were found in the Shah-Tau quarry.

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01Авг

Biotopes

Different habitats where we sample animals

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01Авг

Preliminary results

We have identified dominant groups for each biotope - from the centre of the Shah-Tau quarry to periphery.

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30Июл

Biotopes

Different habitats where we sample animals

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28Июл
24Июл

Work in the lab

Invertebrates from Barber traps: handling, mounting and labelling.

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19Июл

Small vertebrate animals in the Shah-Tau quarry

One reptile species, two amphibian species, two small mammals were found in the Shah-Tau quarry.

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01Июл

Work in progress

Some photos from thq quarry

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04Июн

Our first visit to Shakh-Tau

In our first visit to quarry we have set Barber traps and made preliminary invertebrate survey.

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28мая

Soils are biodiversity hotspots

A baseline characterization of biodiversity (inventory) is essential to document its temporal change, the fundamental goal of environmental monitoring.

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12мая
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