Description of the habitat
Semi-natural dry grasslands are among the richest habitats in species in this country. They are blossomy and patchy neglected grasslands on dry locations on limestone. Here, they mostly occur on south-exposed slopes, but can also be found on vast areas in the former mining sites in the South of the country. The low-growing plants dominate, as well as non-competitive species and leguminous plants, among which an abundance of low nutrient and base- indicators. Locations with seldom orchid and gentian species are particularly valuable.
Situation and endangerment of the habitat in the project area
Semi-natural dry grasslands mostly occur in the former mining sites in the South of the country, as well as in the Centre and the East of Luxembourg. This is where forest-free, south-exposed slopes can be increasingly found. The main impairments are the intensifying agriculture (overgrazing and fertilisation, frequent mowing), as well as the exploitation and the following scrub encroachment.
Provisions within the project
Purchase of 3 ha. If needed removal of shrubs in the area.