As a company it is our mission to protect and helpt the environment. We are building habitats, and working to restore the landscape to its natural state. We have carefully chosen 7 sites that we could restore. Our long-term goal is to rebuild and preserve these habitats for the native fauna and flora, and importantly for our children and grandchildren.
The seven sites cover a total of 89 hectares in Dolní Benešov, Kozmice, Kobeřice, Raduň, Krčmaň near Olomouc and Valašská Bystřice and Opava. In these habitats we are working to restore the basic functions of the landscape, support endangered and protected species, and to support and maintain biodiversity. We want to preserve nature so that we, and future generations, can find peace and comfort outdoors.
Sites in the Moravian-Silesian, Olomouc, and Zlín regions:
- Kozmice Bird Meadows – Hlučínsko; 72 ha
- Raduňský Wetland – Opavsko; 1.3 ha
- Kobeřice Butterfly Hillsides – Opavsko; 4.5 ha
- U Strejček’s Quarry – Grygov (Olomouc Region); 9 ha
- Mločí Lake – Valašská Bystřice (Zlín); 1 ha
- Meadow at Kruháče – Opavsko; 1 ha
- The lake and area surrounding Semix HQ – Otice
You can learn more about the sites we are restoring and managing, in the article Our Eco Activities, or on the Natura Semix website.
How do our 7 sites help nature?
All of our sites help increase the biodiversity of their local areas, while creating a safe haven in which plants and animals can thrive. Simultaneously, these sites are natural spaces that peple can enjoy. Each site is accessible to the public to some extent. Some sites have more limited access and are primarily for educational purposes.
The word biodiversity refers to all of the types of life you will find in one area including, plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms. Every species has its place. Together they form a complex network known as an ecosystem.
The preservation of biodiversity is necessary becuase it maintains the stability of entire ecosystems. Even organisms that appear to have a minimal impact on an ecosystem’s functions, in fact play a critical role in maintaining the stability of the system.
Changes in the diversity of species occurs naturally, but at present the most dramatic and damaging changes are caused by human activities.
Biodiversity is also important for humans.
Thanks to biodiversity, we have clean air, drinking water, fertile soil, and pollinators. These diverse systems on land and sea are able to absorb up to half the volume of CO2 produced by humans.
Through our management and use of the land, we are causing potentially irreversible damage to the Czech wildlife. What can we do?
There are many ways we can contribute to positive change. The first change that must be made is to the Czech agricultural policy. The current agricultural policy does not protect the environment sufficiently. Changing the structure of the agricultural landscape, reducing the amount of land used for animal feed, and the reduction of pesticide use through the planting of wildflower strips or belts need to be a part of our government’s policies. In our neighbouring countries you can see smaller, differently coloured fields among the larger farms, as well as more species of birds. If you were to look at an aerial map of our Republic you would not see something similar.
Furthermore, we must raise awareness in our communities about the state of our environment, and how we are influenced by, and in turn influence, our environment. Everyone should be interested in where they live, and how we manage the land that supports us.