The Life of the Quick and Beautiful: HeidelbergCement Publishes Book on Dragonflies in Quarries and Gravel Pits

"The dragonfly is a specialised species that feels comfortable in our quarries. Telling its story is the beginning of a series of books about the life and diversity in the gravel pits and quarries of HeidelbergCement. It is our aim to contribute to the mutual understanding of conservationists and landscape users and to provide a guideline for the perpetuation of biodiversity for other companies," says Dr Michael Rademacher, Manager Biodiversity and Natural Resources at HeidelbergCement who is also the editor of the book.

Emperor Dragonfly Laying Eggs
Photo: © Katja Fuhr-Boßdorf/
Dragonflies are among the oldest insects on Earth. Their ancestors were already buzzing through bog forests of the Paleozoic, 300 million years ago. As airborne predators they are perfectly adapted to hunting in flight. Their wings are powered by massive muscles, allowing for spectacular flight manoeuvres. They are the only insects that can fly backwards.

The dragonfly is also one of those animal species that feel comfortable in gravel pits and quarries providing an invaluable habitat. Dragonflies spend an important phase of their life cycle in water. These aquatic habitats can not only be found in gravel pits but in quarries as well. The appearance of the dragonfly in quarrying sites of HeidelbergCement shows that the implemented measures aiming at promoting biodiversity bear fruit.

Mappings from 16 quarrying sites of HeidelbergCement in Germany form the scientific basis of the book.

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