The pit Cox is still a very young quarry: only in 1969 a dolomite deposit of special purity was discovered here in the middle of the Lerbacher Wald. Until 1985 dolomite was mined in the open pit and glass works supplied in Cologne-Porz. After decommissioning, the building was supposed to be poured down again, but numerous animal and plant species settled down. Therefore, the pit Cox was officially declared in 1996 as conservation. Today you can explore the area on a circular route.
June 28, 2016
The nature reserve Grube Cox (NSG identifier GL-035) is a 22.3-hectare nature reserve in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Bergisch Gladbach in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis. It is a former quarry site, which was first established in 1996 by decree of the district government of Cologne as a nature reserve. Since 2008, the NSG has been designated via the landscape plan Südkreis of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis.
In the quarry was about 1969 to 1985 dolomite mined; after that the pit was originally to be filled. Due to the biodiversity, however, it was left open and placed under nature conservation.
The area is structured in a small space, there are many different biotope types in a small space next to each other. There are four larger still waters (former excavation waters), rock faces, vegetation-free screes and surrounding forest areas that provide a habitat for various plant and animal species. Special species of flora and fauna that occur in the nature reserve include grass snake, sand lizard, kingfisher, bats (several species) and sand bees (Andrena species), as well as centaury, finial and crab claw.
September 24, 2017
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