HEIDELBERGCEMENT

Wondrous return

Rock quarrying and nature are not in conflict with one another. Recently, a young Eagle Owl was returned to the wild in the quarry of the Paderborn Cement Works. Plant personnel had found the sick or injured young bird and taken it to the “Essentho Mill” animal care and rehabilitation station.

1 Introduction

Bubo bubo L. is not the name of an exotic pop group, but of one of the world’s largest owls. The taxonomical name is onomatopoeic and reflects the characteristic call of the Eagle Owl, a species which was first scientifically described by Carl Nilsson Linnæus (later Carl von Linné) in 1758.

According to a study conducted by the University of Göttingen into the Eagle Owl’s population density and status, this species prefers quarries as its habitat, as these provide practically optimal nest locations. In the two quarries of the Paderborn cement plant, signs indicating the presence...

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