view over polder Rosenhagen and Bugewitz
view over polder Rosenhagen and village of Bugewitz
Freesendorf grassland
Lapwing chicks are disguised
male of Northern Lapwing
Blacktailed Godwit searching for food
Common Redshank (MD)

Protection of Meadow Birds in Coastal areas of Western Pomerania (Germany)

The EU LIFE project Limicodra focuses on the protection of waders breeding on coastal meadows in Western Pomerania (North Eastern Germany). It specifically aims on the improvement of breeding success in salt marshes along the lagoon system (so called Bodden- and Haffküste).

The Acronym Limicodra derives from Limicoles or waders – an order of small to medium-large wader birds – and Odra, the name of the estuary of the river Oder (its western part) into the Baltic Sea – our project area.

The 5 project sites are situated at the southern shore of the Bay of Greifswald, the Peene Stream and the western part of Oder Lagoon. They lie almost entirely within the confines of areas of national or international protection status, within the Nature Parcs Usedom Island and Stettiner Haff and SPAs (Special Protected Areas for the protection of birds).

The project has a lifetime of 8 years and will last until september 2025. Its long lifetime allows optimizing the breeding habitats in several steps, which we consider necessary to allow recolonisation of habitats and  an enlargement of populations. Our experience gained by this project will be used to elaborate a strategy of how to continue our efforts after the project. It can be used for other coastal areas with comparable problems.

News

Solar powering for breeding

The breeding birds have already recured to their territories in our project sites. A reason to protect their habitat sites from intrusion by fox, raccoon and raccoon dog. So we have built up 4500 m of electric fences.

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Electric fencing for clutch protection

As early as never before lapwing and co. have returned to Western Pommerania for breeding. In our neighbour-project in Leopoldshagen electric fences were put up on march, 12 2019. They suppose to protect the nests of Northern Lapwing, Redshank, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and other ground breeding birds from mammal predators like foxes.

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2nd visit by NEEMO

On February 18th Dr. Bergmann from NEEMO inspected our project and status quo in order of the Europeen Commission. The other project partners joined us.

This time with clear and warm weather Dr. Bergmann took a glance on polder Bugewitz and the current geo-hydrological study in preparation of the hydrological measures.

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