Protection of biodiversity in forest areas, including the Natura 2000 network - Promotion of best practices



Report from reptiles protection workshop

Report from reptiles protection workshop

This time, we asked one of participants to describe her experience affter the reptiles protection workshopw. Here is ther workshop from forestry student Katarzyny Pleskot point of view.


On July 4 and 5 in Środa Wielkopolska, the team of the Coordination Centre for Environmental Projects organised workshops on the protection of selected species of rare insects: Saproxylic beetles and Hymenoptera. The two-day workshops were organised within the project entitled “Biodiversity projects in forest areas including Nature 2000 areas – promotion of best practices”, co-financed by the European Union under the Financial Instrument LIFE+, the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management and the State Forests.

During the first day theoretical classes were conducted by entomologists Dr Roman Wąsala and Dr Paweł Sienkiewicz from the Poznań University of Life Sciences. The participants (about 40 persons) learned about the biology of the insects selected, the threats they face and the methods of their protection. Moreover, the most important projects implemented in Poland over the last dozen years were presented – projects included in Life+ as the best practices.   

An interesting discussion took place during classes, which led to the conclusion that the silviculture methods currently in force meet many of the requirements of the protection of Saproxylic insects.  It was accepted that the greatest problem lies in the shortage of old trees, which can be colonized by this group of organisms. Applying the current methods of forest cultivation the situation should improve, but this process will have to last over tens of years.

On day two of the workshops field classes were organised at the Łopuchówko Forest District. At the Centre of Forest Education in Łysy Młyn the participants were greeted by the Senior Forester Zbigniew Szeląg. He related the history of the development of the Centre and its educational activities – within this Centre has been organised a Protection Centre for the Hermit Beetle (Osmoderma eremita). The films about insects aroused considerable interest, as did the exhibitions related to this species.

In the vicinity of the Łopuchówko Forest District the participants could observe boxes used for the development of the hermit beetle larvae, distributed within a scientific experiment conducted by the Forest Research Institute.  Next the participants visited Rogalin, where they saw the feeding sites of saproxylic beetles, including the great capricorn beetle (Cerambyx cerdo). Of considerable interest proved the observation of the hermit beetle, which showed itself for a moment on the verge of a hollow in an old oak – it is worth noting that despite the distance of several metres to the hollow the participants could clearly smell the aroma of apricots emitted by those insects.


Project “Biodiversity protection in forest area,
including Nature 2000 areas – promotion of best practice” (Best for Biodiversity),
co-financed with the means of the European Union under the Financial Instrument LIFE+ and the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management and State Forest National Forest Holding”

Coordination Center for Environmental Projects,
ul. Stawki 2, piętro 20,
00-193 Warszawa
tel.: +48 22 318 70 82
fax.: +48 22 318 70 98
e-mail: centrum@ckps.lasy.gov.pl