11/ Čeperka – sandy area under the wires

Altitude: 225 m above sea level
Area: 4 ha
Material: Quaternary aeolian sands


The site has long been kept free of forest under the power lines leading from the nearby Opatovice power station. Due to its location in the water source protection zone, it has been spared of pollution in the past. In 2009, the power line operator changed the technology of maintaining the forest-free area and started using mulching technology. However, mulching has proven to be a threat to species of bare sands, forest edges, and low woody vegetation. Now, in cooperation with energy engineers and nature conservationists, the site is being cleared of woody debris, grass is mowed, sod is removed and sand trenches are dug. In 2013, a botanical and zoological survey was carried out there. The results were used to determine appropriate management of these habitats.



Sand-loving species: Tiger’s Eye (Coltricia perennis), fibrecaps (Inocybe spp.)

Associated with dead wood: Polyporus arcularius, Cinnabar Bracket (Pycnoporus cinnabarinus)


Sand-loving species: Field Cudweed (Filago arvensis), Pearlwort Spurrey (Spergula morisonii), Rare Spring-sedge (Carex ericetorum), Brown Bent (Agrostis vinealis)

Forest edges: Branched St Bernard's-lily (Anthericum ramosum), Angular Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum odoratum), sedge Carex curvata


Sand-loving species: Red-banded Sand Wasp (Ammophila sabulosa), Omophlus betulae, Anisoplia villosa, Dune Chafer (Anomala dubia), Northern Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hybrida), Tropinota hirta; Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus), Blue-winged Grasshopper (Oedipoda coerulescens);  bourovec jetelový (Lasiocampa trifolii), Grass Eggar (Erebia medusa), Brown Tiger Moth (Hyphoraia aulica), Oxythyrea funesta



Sand-loving species: Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis), Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis); Woodlark (Lullula arborea)

Combination of wetland and dryland biotopes: European Common Toad (Bufo bufo), Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina); Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)