NAB 1 Liekwegen quarry

Located at the northern edge of Germany's relatively low Mittelgebirge mountain range, the area directly borders the Boerde region - a fertile plain with a loess base originating in the last ice age. The outcrops mainly consist of sandstone as well as clayslate and hard coal and are covered by a layer of marl and decalcified loess. The area - and its surroundings - has been marked by the mining of raw materials and soil quarrying for centuries. Mining in this particular quarry was terminated as late as 2006. It now exhibits ruderal species, raw soil and raw soil pools that have become partly overgrown, as well as several successional stages and plant communities that are typical of rocky habitats. A nature trail funded partly by the EU and the EFRE programme, provides access to the area.

As a result of the interlocking of diverse successional stages and soil types, the Liekwegen Quarry exhibits a high diversity of species. Among the amphibians, the occurrence of the Yellow-bellied Toad and the Natterjack Toad are of particular importance. While the population of the former is developing positively, the latter requires additional measures: Plans include the creation of approximately 100 small ponds, raw soils as well as fencing – and concomitant grazing - to prevent any further ecological succession.

Area size: 22 ha

On-site contact Person: NABU Schaumburg

Link: NABU Schaumburg