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Vegetation

The larger part of the pit tip surface is covered with seedling woody plants with a prevalence of Aspen Poplar, Silver Birch, Goat Willow, Black Locust and Scots Pine. The oldest Black Locust tree stock is to be found on the south slope of the pit. Old trees are mixed with dense shrubbery and a wild tangle of various thicknesses of stems of Clematis Vitalba, our woody liana, which together makes for an impenetrable jungle.

Due to the extensive biodiversity of the pit tip, and the process of renaturalization which has been ongoing for a long time, we can observe a relatively large number of plant species.

The location is specifically rich in herbaceous vegetation typical of man-influenced sites; we can, however, observe also some original plant species.

The location also boasts relatively rare thermophilous plant populations which are typical of southern Europe (stream gravel) due to preference for loose substrates. Shrubs play an important role as the biotope for birds and mammals. We can also observe seedling pioneer woody plants: oak and acacia.

The location has documented 153 plant species, of which 33 are woody plants forming the shrub and tree belt.

Field Cottonrose is an annual plant of the Asteraceae family, and is listed as endangered. It has a 5–40cm high, straight or branchy stem with dense leaf cover and sprouting whitish to grey hairs. The leaves are elongated, spatula-shaped and hairy.

Stinking Hawksbeard is also a member of the Asteraceae family. It is on the Red List as potentially endangered. It is an annual plant covered with thick hairs; especially after rubbing it emanates a strong and unpleasant odour. It grows to the height of 10–50cm. It grows in places touched by human development: alongside roads, on embankments, railways, etc. It blooms with yellow flowers from June to September.

GPS position

N 49° 0.950', E 17° 21.360'
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