One might imagine that a former gravel pit is a rather monotonous habitat. However, with proper management gravel pits have many different possibilities as a preserver of nature’s diversity. On this nature trail, you have the chance to explore them in more detail.

A gravel pit is a good example of an area which humans have intensively exploited but that can still be developed into a good nature attraction, even though restoring the original natural values is no longer possible.

An open and sunny slope area is the most suitable habitat for esker plants and insects, but some bird species like to live in gravel pits, too. The living conditions of the species in sunny slope areas can be improved by keeping the ground open and breaking the soil. On the other hand, former commercial edge forests slowly return to a natural state on their own.