The Natura 2000 site ‘Poodří’ (SCI) in the Czech Republic is the most important site for the hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita), a priority species for conservation under the Habitats Directive. Located in the Moravskoslezský region, and in the area of Moravská Brána (Moravian Gate), this is an important migration corridor between the Pannonian and Continental biogeographical regions. However, the current conservation status of the hermit beetle population in the SCI, as all across Europe, is ‘unfavourable’ because of the loss and fragmentation of habitat and the isolation of micro-populations. In the project site, the species mostly lives in old pollarded willows, though sometimes in other tree species. The willows have not been managed for many years and so only very old trees remain suitable for the species. Without restoration of the traditional pollarding management, the habitat of the hermit beetle will soon disappear.
The main objective of the LIFE Osmoderma 2017 project is to improve the conservation status of hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) in the Natura 2000 site ‘Poodří’.
Specific objectives are to:
The project directly implements the Habitats Directive, under which the target species is a priority for conservation (Osmoderma eremita).