field note

Profen II

February 2019

A field trip into a former coal mine (the landscape around Leipzig is strongly shaped
by huge, primeval appearing wounds of the earth’s surface) raises some questions
with the critical environmentalist.

In addition to the bizarre beauty of these impressive landscapes, you will find views
into the a small window of geological history, can witness the formation of a landscape,
so to speak.
Of course, an open pit also raises questions about climate change or more theoretically
the concept of nature.

The fact is, in a almost completely cultivated, mostly by agricultural land shaped landscape
(forest plantations inclusive), these raw landscapes are an exceptions and last resorts for
rare species.

I myself was part of monitoring and ringing schemes in former opencast mines. So the
reason for this recent visit in a partially still active open pit was the evaluation for
conservation measures concerning the Europe-wide declining population of the
elusive Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla.

PFR15433, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, song – of course not recorded in February ;-)