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.


Annual project meeting took place on January 31

Our project meeting takes place once a year. For this, our project partners (Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie, Natureparks "Am Stettiner Haff" and "Insel Usedom", Ostseestiftung, Amphi International, Stiftung Umwelt und Naturschutz M-V) came together on January 31 in the project office in Bugewitz.

Within the project management team, we evaluated the 2nd half of 2019 and set the work planning for the 1st half of 2020.

Further colleagues joined for the project meeting and we discussed completed project activities in 2019, planned activities in 2020 and evaluated the project progress (financial and reports).

After Lunch at Café Oblomov (, the steering committee discussed about drawn downs, funds and proof of use. 

It was a long and constructive day and we have made a few decisions. We are ready for the breeding season 2020!

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LIFE Limicodra now on Instagram

LIFE Limicodra can also be found on the social network Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at "lifelimicodra":

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