Limestone quarry Mokrá is situated on south-east border of the Moravian Carst, 15 km east from Brno and 800 meters north from Mokrá-Horákov village. Mining area is divided into three parts – west quarry, middle quarry and east quarry, which is also known as “Břidla”.
There are two Natura 2000 protected areas hereabout – Moravian Carst I and Sivice Forest. Geologically, limestone is mostly of Devonian age. Mined out material is used as a raw material for Portland clinker production and following cement production in the nearly situated cement plant Mokrá.
According to the reclamation plan and the character of the deposit, for the areas of rocky outcrops the implementation of regulated succession is recommended. Reafforestation is suggested for sites related to the forest, ponds and wetlands can arise thanks to the character of rocky bedrock.
Biological surveys have proved an occurrence of endangered species in the grasslands within the quarry, thus the present and future restoration must be done as a natural.
Woodland area lies partly in the area of subacidophilous central European thermophilous oak forest and partly in the area of hornbeam and linden oak forest. However, the area is in fact a mixed forest also with a presence of spruce and pine cultures.
Ongoing nature projects:
Project focused on possibilities to increase biodiversity of Mokra quarry without negative impact on limestone production was implemented during previous years. Project includes analyze of vegetation cover of quarry levels, assessment of Mokrá quarry surroundings from the point of view of steppes, forest steppes and wetland plant species. Habitats suitable for increasing of biodiversity and technical aspects of recultivation in the Břidla quarry part were investigated. Number of recultivation techniques resulting in species-rich plant and animal habitats were applied.