• Scheibenberger Heide
  • Scheibenberger Heide
  • Scheibenberger Heide

Scheibenberger Heide

Location: Between Crottendorf and Scheibenberg approx. 680 m above sea level

SAC area: Scheibenberger Heide EU no. 5443-302, domestic no. 269

Brief description:
Scheibenberger Heide is located in the corridor between the city of Scheibenberg and the municipality of Crottendorf in the Annaberg administrative district approximately 640 to 695 m above sea level. Peat has long been eradicated from this extensively drained moor area and it is covered in groundwater sinkholes as well as an extensive ditch system  In terms of hydrological developmental history, it is presumably a complex of slope, marshland, and spring fen formations with mature raised moor. Based on older pollen analyses, the moor started to form about 8200 to 9700 years ago. The majority of the Scheibenberger Heide is now used for forestry. The areas that remain untouched are very ecologically valuable and some of then are protected as natural monuments. Furthermore, the entire Scheibenberger Heide has also been designated a fauna flora habitat area (SAC area). There are over ten species of peat moss in the area to this day.
In the nineties, Mr. Harald Gräbner cared for the Scheibenberger Heide. Staring in 1992, he began a tireless volunteer effort to develop various manually erectable construction technologies especially for blocking the ditches cut deep into the mineral substrate. He used this to successfully re-water approximately 10% of the former moor area. One major development achieved through his work was the corset construction method. It has now been successfully put to use at other moor locations - by the Annaberg Nature Center for example. In 2000, Harald Gräbner was honored as the first place winner for the Feldschlösschen Nature Conservation Award for his ten years of work to restore the moors in the Ore Mountains.

As a continuation of previous moor revitalization efforts and in order to implement the management plan for the SAC area, the environmental department of the district council of Chemnitz commissioned a hydrological survey and measurement of important open spaces in the fall of 2005. Five projects were performed in 2007: two additional corset dams, one board dam, and two irrigation ditches. The latter reintroduced water from the moor’s hydrological catchment area. Some of the water had previously been diverted away from the drainage ditches in the moor and was now feeding into the peat patches. Actions taken were successful in completing the re-watering process for the western part of the Scheibenberger Heide.