Insect Communities

New research: Fire, bombs and arthropods

For her Master thesis, Lucka will be sampling communities of arthropods at the relatively recently abandoned training bombing ranges in the Brdy Mts. Since 1930s the whole mountain range served as a military training area, especially target ranges for bombing created unique open heathlands. Lucka’s project will provide multitaxa data on the influence of such intensive disturbances to arthropod communities, which could potentially be highly useful for long term conservation of the unique habitats. On Friday, together with our close collaborator Ondra Sedlacek, we have visited Jordan and Tok bombing ranges to select individual study plots. The sampling will start a bit later in the Spring.

Recently burnt plots in the Jordan bombing range, Brdy Mts.