Restoration and succession on disturbed peatbogs

Happily forward with mostly dry feet! Wish us good luck in next three years when we will be studying how fast, from where and by what are disturbed peatbogs in Šumava Mountains colonized. We are interested in many things – from microscopic fungi and plants to butterflies. We are already fully equipped and full of enthusiasm as shown in the pictures.



The weather is in our favour therefore our working group is successfully continuing with our field work and field trips. With the beginning of April, we started field work on two harvested peatbgos and two preserved peatbogs. We managed to establish almost all permanent plots and prepare all the boreholes for measuring water level.


Vegetation season is coming! Pasture in military area near Milovice.

Sunny spring days are tempting us to set out for nature and so our working group is starting with field trips. Our first field trip was once again to the former military area near Milovice where we are studying the effect of pasture of large herbivores on the restoration of dry grasslands. Our experiment was established on abandoned field last summer and it was necessary to check on our permanent plots which will be sampled during June.

During the field trip, we were also looking for localities in the former military area which were burned and where we can study succession of plants. Furthermore, our group is planning to find and select several dust-bath places where we can observe the succession of plants and the effect of wild horses and European bison on the species composition.


Guidelines for establishment of flower-strips

One of the results of our collaboration with German colleagues from Hochschule Anhalt in Bernburg is a document with Guidelines for establishment of species rich flowering strips in rural and urban areas. English version of guidelines is free for download in the section: For the public.

Study stay in Belgium

One of the most important parts of student life is certainly a PhD study stay abroad. Students from the Ecological restoration working group have an opportunity to choose between several prestigious workplaces dealing with restoration. Anička Müllerová has chosen Flemish (Belgian) Antwerp.

Anička is fulfilling her PhD study stay at the University of Antwerp under the supervision of prof. Rudy van Diggelen. Our working group often collaborates with him and prof. Van Diggelen is also one of the lecturers of the course Ecological restoration I. at the University of South Bohemia.

During her three-month stay, Anička is getting acquainted with projects of ecological restoration of disturbed sites in Belgium and she has, therefore, an opportunity to learn new methods of restoration with specialization in wetlands’ restoration. Furthermore, this study stay is an opportunity to consult not only the already implemented methods of data collections but also new remarks on an improvement of collecting data in wetland habitats. The collaboration with colleagues from the University of Antwerp can contribute to the gain of new knowledge in data sampling of aquatic communities. Apart from that, Anička has a chance to analyse already collected data for her PhD thesis and consult the results of statistical analyses.

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Great success of our colleague in an international contest

Our colleague and collaborator Luboš Tichý and his team won the international contest Quarry Life Award among more than 110 participating projects. We congratulate the whole team!

In their project, they examined the seasonal activity of honey bees in relation to the biodiversity of selected quarries. 

Photo: Michael Rademacher

Restoration Ecology at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences in Prague

For several years, students of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, have the opportunity to take the Land Reclamation course (and Rekultivace for Czech students) which is guaranteed by our colleague Markéta Hendrychová. And for several years, members of our group are invited to tell the students something about the ecological restoration of mining sites. This year, Lenka Šebelíková spoke about the ecological restoration, management and research of sand pits. Two weeks later, Karel Prach gave a lecture about ecological restoration and restoration ecology in a broader context. We hope that our lectures were useful and inspiring and we are looking forward to the next year.

Perennial flowering strips - experience from Germany

Last week, our dear colleague, Anita Kirmer from Hochschule Anhalt gave a talk on the topic of the establishment of species-rich flowering strips. Anita talked not only about the practila aspects of the establishment of these flowering strips and proper selection of seed mixtures, but also about the implementation of proposed seed mixtures into EU agri-environmental schemes.

This talk was supproted by the project of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports 7AMB17DE017 "Establishment of species-rich field margins and wildflower strips in rural and urban areas - optimization of methods for biodiversity enhancement"

Restoration Ecology group is part of international competition Quarry Life Award again

Our restoration group marked a huge success in 2012 in the Quarry Life Award when our project of ecological restoration in CEP II sandpit won despite strong international competition. The Quarry Life Award is a scientific and education contest proposed by HeidelbergCement. The competition takes place every two years and runs simultaneously at national and international levels. Its aim is to raise awareness of the organic value of mining sites and to find new ways to further enhance it. Every year several hundreds of projects are evaluated at the national or international level and several of them are later selected for realization.

This year, Klára Řehounková, a member of our group, has acted as a member of the international jury. Klára has visited several mining sites during this season all over Europe, including Spain, Poland and Romania, to learn more about projects registered into the competition. The international jury is comprised of eight members including experts from HeidelbergCement company and research scientists. After reading through more than a hundred of final reports, the jury is now ready to make a decision about the best projects of this year. Winners will be announced and financially awarded during a ceremony which will take place in Brussels during December.

For more information visit Quarry Life Award.