Although a quarry is represented by industrial activities, being it self an ecosystem with specific environmental factors values, it is not separated by the surrounding ecosystems. As the species know no borders,  between the quarry and the surroundings exists connective "green"channels.  This channels are used by key species for  supply and energy exchange between the quarry and the surroundings. The key species could be represented by flora and fauna equally. In order to be sustainable a quarry management needs to maintain this connections at optimal levels. Therefore, there are three steps to follow: 1.  An inventory of the key species present at the quarry level and in the surroundings. 2. The conservation status assessment of the key species. 3. Adopting a set of measures in order to increase the conservation status of the identified key species . Following this three steps will bring a real visibility over the quarry ecosystem functioning in connection with natural habitats. 

GIS maps for key species distribution - bats and Lynx lynx

Using GIS mapping of species and their habitat is now days the most suitable method for exact localization and distribution.

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03Sep

Biodiversity in and around the quarry site – statistical analysis

A comprehensive analogy regarding the species diversity between the quarry site and the natural habitats from the vicinity, with a range of 2 km around the quarry.The differences in species diversity between the quarry site and the surroundings it is statistically significant, with a general lower range in the quarry in relation to the natural habitats around it. However, this differences are based only on the data gathered for this study, and a suitable and realistic conclusion could be made...

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22Aug

Summer time in the quarry

Last field trip in the quarry brings an unexpected number of new species for the taxonomic conspectus.

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22Aug

Bats key species list- local conservation status assessment

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as consumers and food for other fauna species. We conducted the evaluation of chiropteran species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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26Iul

Environmental conditions assessment at the quarry level and in the surroundings

This assessment was conducted using portable and static data loggers EL-USB 2 type. The static data loggers were placed within the quarry , in the forest at the quarry border into one of the caves and at the cliffs side from the E wall of the quarry, for a week at the time during February and may.

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17Iul

Small mammals key species list (other than bats) - local conservation status assessment

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as consumers and food for other fauna species. We conducted the evaluation of small mammal species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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13Iul

Bird key species - local conservation status assessment

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as consumers and food for other fauna species. We conducted the evaluation of key bird species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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12Iul

Large mammals key species list- local conservation status assessment

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as consumers and food for other fauna species. We conducted the evaluation of key mammal species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem.This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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06Iul

Amphibians and reptiles key species - local conservation status assessment

We conducted the evaluation of key amphibian and reptile species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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03Iul

Other invertebrates key species - local conservation status assessment

We conducted the evaluation of key invertebrate species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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02Iul

Lepidoptera key species – local conservation status assessment

We conducted the evaluation of butterfly species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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29Iun

Flora key species – local conservation status assessment

We conducted the evaluation of flora species wellness – the elimination risk from the quarry ecosystem. This evaluation represents the source for constructing the biodiversity conservation measures and the applications for quarry’s sustainability management, highlighting the key species ecological needs.

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28Iun

Birds key species list

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they complete the food chain, being prey and/or predators.

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25Iun

Amphibians and reptiles key species list

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other fauna species, as they act as prey, predators or both, emphasizing on their importance in the ecosystem

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18Iun

Other invertebrats key species list

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as pollinators, parasitoids, consumers and food for other fauna species.

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17Iun

Night butterflies key species list

This key species were chosen after studying their connection with the other flora and fauna species, as they act as polinnators, consumers and food for other fauna species.

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13Iun

Day butterflies key species list

During the day transects we have registered all the butterflies species we have encounter. The taxonomic conspect is quite abundant with no major differences between the quarry and the surroundings.

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12Iun

Flora Key species list

The inventory of all flora species from the quarry area and from the vicinity showed a great diversity in spontaneous species. We present the key species list.

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06Iun

Biodiversity from A to Z – the scientific study of the studied area biodiversity

We have conducted one week of scientific study for the inventory of flora and fauna from the quarry and from the natural protected areas nearby

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21Mai

First "bricks", future projects for ecological restoration

Ecological restoration is an important part of the assessment of habitat requirements. Therefore the identification of the most suitable areas for revegetation and a list of suitable plant species is necessary.

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17Mai

Habitat requirements improvement – Part 2

Due to the specificity of the area in wich the quarry exists, a karst area, we need to better understand how this type of ecosystem works in parallel with the quarrys activities.

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13Mai

Habitat requirements improvement…part 1

As we need to watch all the ecological and biological aspects today we are talking about habitat requirements for the key species and the methods to improve this requirements where needed

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12Apr

Winter and her coats…part 2

The cold season caught us under her second coat, the white one, right in the middle of our first study expedition, but, the surprises did not stop coming…

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14Mar

Winter and her coats…

The February monitoring period continues with the gathering of the team members. We have continued with different study trips in and around the quarry, and, again, the rich biodiversity showed us the wonderful aspects of this small area. Signs of numerous species of flora and fauna where also found at the quarry level, as nature knows no borders….

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03Mar

The first steps

As we said befour, in February we begin the field work. On February 15th, part of our team set off from Constanta Station full of enthusiasm. The road to Deva lasted until the next morning at 8 AM and it was tiring but, once arrived, the beauty of the landscapes removed our fatigue from our bodies. Starting with February 16, we began to observe the mammal and bird fauna in the quarry area and in the surroundings. As needed, on the first day we met with the career representatives and we...

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22Feb

LAST PREPARATIONS FOR THE TAKE-OFF

Team meeting and brainstorming, necessary for evaluating the next steps in our journey trough the project.

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17Ian