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Osmoderma eremita species conservation in SCI Pood

Reference: LIFE17 NAT/CZ/000463 | Acronym: LIFE Osmoderma 2017

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

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.


OBJECTIVES

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:

  • Restore typical habitat for hermit beetle in the area, by pollarded willows;
  • Connect isolated sites of hermit beetle occurrence within the ‘Poodří’ Natura 2000 site by planting suitable tree species;
  • Create ‘stepping stones’ connecting the ‘Poodří’ with other localities where hermit beetle occurs, in the direction of the natural migration corridor;
  • Mitigate invasion of mistletoe, which is endangering the second most common habitat of hermit beetle in the area – linden trees;
  • Support preservation of standing cavity-trees and dead trees; and
  • Establish an appropriate management of biotopes and create socio-economic conditions for long-term ‘favourable’ conservation status of hermit beetle.
  • The project directly implements the Habitats Directive, under which the target species is a priority for conservation (Osmoderma eremita).

    Expected results:

  • 570 willows pollarded in the ‘Poodří’ Natura 2000 site;
  • Isolated localities of the hermit beetle connected by 1 590 planted trees (willows, poplars, oaks and pears) within the Natura 2000 site;
  • 60 willows managed and 430 trees planted in places near the Natura 2000 site;
  • 145 linden trees managed to remove infesting mistletoe;
  • 180 mature oaks managed; and
  • Awareness raised among stakeholders about biodiversity protection in ‘Poodří’ SCI.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE17 NAT/CZ/000463
    Acronym: LIFE Osmoderma 2017
    Start Date: 01/09/2018
    End Date: 30/09/2023
    Total Budget: 954,012 €
    EU Contribution: 694,999 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Arnika - Centrum pro podporu oban, pobon spolek
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Dlnick 541/13, 170 00, Praha 7, Czech Cesko
    Contact Person: Marcela Klemensova
    Email: marcela.klemensova@arnika.org
    Tel: 420777104230
    Website: http://arnika.org/


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Invertebrates

    KEYWORDS

    • restoration measure

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)

    TARGET HABITAT TYPES

    • 0 - Non applicable (i.e.species project)

    SPECIES

    • Osmoderma eremita

    RED LIST SPECIES

    • AGAMIDAE Phrynocephalus helioscopus

    NATURA 2000 SITES

    Type Code Name
    SCI CZ0814092 Poodri (DEPRECATED)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    Arnika - Centrum pro podporu oban, pobon spolek Coordinator
    Ostravská univerzita, Czech Republic Participant
    Fundacja Ekorozwoju, Poland Participant
    Český svaz ochránců přírody, ZO 70/03, Studénka, Czech Republic Participant