Eradicating invasive tree species in the Alsó-Tisza-völgy SPA

2017.12.13.  15:45

The logging of the invasive oleaster trees (Elaeagnus angustifolia) in the project sites of the southern Great Plain of Hungary started as part of the ‘C1 – Restoring steppe habitats’ project action. The aim of the action is to create ideal roller foraging habitat by demonstrative habitat restoration. 


The area surronding the roller nestbox has been cleared (Photo: Zsolt Ampovics). 

Eradicating an invasive species is never easy, so special measures needed to be taken into account. The freshly cut surfaces are treated with special herbicide to prevent the growing of offshoots. 


Logged oleaster (Photo: Zsolt Ampovics).  

The brushwood is being chipped by a device operated by a tractor. All the logged wood, including the wood chips will be utilised as firewood. 


Chipping the brushwood (Photo: Zsolt Ampovics). 

The Székalj project site (shown on the pictures) resembles the Ősfehértó (ancient Fehér-tó) best. The logging of the oleaster will restore the conditions that were lost 40 years ago. Aside from the 3 pairs of rollers, the area is also an important breeding site for black-tailed godwit, redshank and lapwing, but also one of the last remaining habitats for Kentish plover in Hungary. 

Béla Tokody