Freesendorf grassland
Grazing near Leopoldshagen
Northern Lapwing (KP)
Ragged Robin (with visitor)
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

Public Presentation of the LIFE project and NaturKulturHaus Bugewitz

The official opening of our NaturKulturHaus Bugewitz, together with the public presentation of our major environmental project, took place in June in bright sunshine. The Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, Dr. Till Backhaus, wished all the best to the project team and the Appelbohm association.

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Opening of Naturerlebnishaus Bugewitz and LIFE project

On June 15, 2018 at 3pm we will launch the project office and the Naturerlebnishaus in Bugewitz. The Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, Mr. Backhaus, and many other guests will be present.

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Children's University ("Kinder UNI") with LIFE meadow birds

On May, 23 2018 our manager and site supervisor Christian Schröder presented LIFE-meadow birds project to 140 children at Greifswald University. He was supported by site supervisor Kai Paulig and former manager Dr. Sebastian Lorenz. The children were exited by the look and calls of meadow birds. After lecture they could take a glance through a spotting scope we normally use to observe and count the birds for monitoring of stocks.

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