The Tiendeberg connects the Dutch and Wallonian part of the Mount Saint Peter and covers 9 hectares of the oldest and only remaining calcareous grasslands in Flanders. Its slopes were already used for sheep grazing during the Middle Ages and even probably widely before. The ancient small scale agriculture methods together with the unique soil conditions created a semi-natural area hosting one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots known in the region. In the course of history, old underground limestone quarries were dug to provide resources for housing. The underground network is now the ideal winter shelter for many species of bats.
Project description and objectives
The partners aim towards a nature rich quarry with a supplemental high landscape value. Over a period of a thousand years, the use of traditional farming methods created a balance between mankind and nature, resulting in a highly valuable and rich ecosystem (flora and fauna). This project will be the start of restoring that balance. The focus is on studying the steps that are needed for the conservation and restoration of the old agricultural systems and for further exploiting the existing biodiversity potential of the Tiendeberg quarry. Within the scope of this project, data will be collected, analysed, synthesised and a vision on what the next steps should be will be developed and described in a plan of conduct. Based on that plan, the first steps can be put in action on short-term. The process of the project Green Quarry Tiendeberg will be intensely communicated between partners. It is important that the project will enjoy wide support and can serve internationally as an example of a successful cooperation in establishing biodiversity rich quarries.
The plan consists of the following stages:
-Step 1: Inventory
-Step 2: Vision Development
-Step 3: Plan of Conduct
-Step 4: First Steps
During all steps: Communication and Collaboration
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