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Using military equipment

This type of management is based on the principle of constantly returning vegetation succession to its beginning. Through their activity, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), lorries, and other types of vehicles disturb the vegetation and upper soil layer. When the activity is intensive, the vegetation is completely removed in some places. In disturbed areas, vegetation succession starts immediately after the intervention - the original vegetation tries to recover from the seeds accumulated in the soil. In the first phase, individual plants of the best prepared species appear, able to germinate and grow quickly, and only over time the regenerating vegetation becomes thicker and other plant species appear. Later, the first seedlings of shrubs and self-seeding woody plants start to appear in the vegetation, and without repeated disturbance, the area would be overgrown with forest. However, regular use of military training areas for vehicle activity will not allow the return of the forest. In fact, because the sites of activity change gradually and continuously from year to year as well as their intensity and timing varying, a mosaic of patches is created. Some patches are heavily disturbed, others less so, and some parts are intact longer with many transitions between individual pieces of this habitat mosaic. This varied environment offers conditions for a wide range of plant and animal species.


This type of management is vital for the maintenance of the sand habitats at Pánov project site.


To a lesser extent, and more with a demonstration purpose, it is also used on Načeratický kopec.

 


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