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.


More vision for lapwing near Bugewitz

In December, poplars were removed from the edge of the Bugewitz polder. At the moment, several pollarded willows are receiving urgently needed care here and in the Rosenhagen polder.

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Theoretical training of volunteer site managers in the EU project LIFE Limicodra

Many volunteers have actively supported us during the breeding bird season!

In the theoretical training of voluntary area supervisors in the EU-project LIFE Limicodra on Saturday, 03.12.2022, we underpinned the collected experiences in practice with theoretical basics.

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Study trip to Denmark 2022

At the end of August, together with staff from our project partners Amphi International and the Nature Park „Am Stettiner Haff“ of the State Agency for Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG), we did a study trip to several coastal areas in Denmark with a wide variety of projects to protect meadow birds.

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LIFE ist the financial instrument of the European Union for funding actions of environmental protection. Abbreviation LIFE comes from french translation  L`Instrument Financier pour l`Environment. Since 1992 over 4500 LIFE projects were co-financed by this programme.

Nature and biodiversity is the financing programme for projects in nature conservation. Funding innovative pilot projects in Natura 2000 areas supports the network of these international nature conservation sites.