We started with the works for the renaturalization of the area and the improvement of the living conditions of the pond turtle
Last week we started with the works for the renaturalization of the area and the improvement of the living conditions of the pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in the area of Rudnik-Korea. The works are carried out within the LIFE UrCA PROEMYS project.
- At present, the artificially created embankments are quite steep and high, as are the artificial islands on both shores.
- Levees will be lowered, and the slopes of the banks will be reduced to prevent the drowning of young turtles.
- In the Rudnik area, excessive growth of vegetation on the banks and in the aquatic habitat (reeds) has led to a reduction of water surfaces. In the long run, this could result in a lack of sunbathing, feeding, and spawning areas for the tortoises.
- In addition, ruderal growth on the banks will also be regularly removed, and floating rest areas for sunbathing and an experimental artificial nesting area will be constructed on one of the banks, which will be safe from predators.
- Based on the results obtained, we have noted that the population in this area is aging, which indicates poor reproductive success. With the interventions within the LIFE UrCA PROEMYS project, we will ensure a favorable conservation status for the pond turtle, which is a Natura 2000 species and is listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive and registered in the Bern Convention."