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LFA für Feldherpetologie und Ichthyofaunistik

NAB 17 Schöningen clay-pit

The area is located within the natural landscape unit Ostbraunschweigisches Hügelland (East Brunswick Hills) in the natural geographic region of Boerden (Atlantic biogegraphic Region) at the southern border of the town of Schoeningen in the Helmstedt district.
The site used to be worked as a clay pit.
The pit was shut down at the end of the 1990s, thus ending the economic use of the area.
After the termination of clay mining, a water body formed at the bottom of the pit. The adjoining areas exhibit mainly fields of bush grass and open ground areas along with successional shrubbery. With 370 calling males in the year 2000, the area once accommodated the biggest population of European green toad ever documented in Lower Saxony. In the meantime, however, the population has collapsed to less than ten calling males. This area plays a key role in networking the population of the Helmstedt area (NABU 16) with other populations in the Soellingen/Jerxheim area (NABU 18 et al.).

Area size: 24ha