grazed and mowed Polder Mönkebude in dry summer 2018


Events and news at a glance.

Excursion to Sweden

geese and cattle through a lense
Close-up: geese pasturing together with cattle

At the end of september with early autumn weather we toured southern Sweden to see wader projects at Kristianstad, Öland and Falsterbo.

In biosphere reserve Vattenrike we learned a lot of hydrological situation and meadow management from Hans Cronert. He showed us H°aslövs Ängar, a peninsula in lake Hammersjö what is flowed through by Helge river towards the Baltic Sea.

Öland island was the place for former LIFE project Meadows and wetlands of Öland (2000-2004) that was explained by Susanne Forslund. We have seen a lot of meadows and were impressed by the geological features and especially by the hunting methods for predator birds of Magnus Johansson.

Last but not least we got to know more successful methods of protection for meadow breeding birds near Falsterbo bird station. P.G. Bentz showed us some highlights of resent bird migration. You can see a handful of it in the foto.

From our trip from northern shore of Baltic we took many suggestions for our project and thank a lot our guides Susanne, Hans, Magnus and P.G.

Public Presentation of the LIFE project and NaturKulturHaus Bugewitz

The grand opening of NaturKulturHaus Bugewitz was joined by the presentation of our bird protection project. Environment minister T. Backhaus brought his best wishes for both projects. Numerous visitors got the chance to see our bureau and the first exhibition of nature photographies of the Anklamer Stadtbruch by the German Society of  Animal Photography. Soon an interactive exhibition about meadow breeding birds, Anklamer Stadtbruch and landscape history can be experienced.

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

On May 23, 2018, site supervisor Christian Schröder held a presentation about the LIFE grassland birds project at Greifswald University in front of 140 children. He was supported by Kai Paulig and Dr. Sebastian Lorenz. The kids were enthusiastic about the birds' looks and calls. Afterwards they had the opportunity to look through a spotting scope that is used to watch and count birds in order to record their populations.

Start of monitoring in the project areas

Im April starteten unsere Gebietsbetreuer die Beobachtung und Zählung der Brutvögel. Das Vegetationsmonitoring findet nach dem Brutgeschäft statt. Unser Hydrologischer Betreuer ist voll mit der Vorbereitung der Gutachten beschäftigt.

Kick-off meeting

On friday, 13th of April we gathered together with the project partners for the Kick-off-meeting of LIFE-Limicodra. The project was  completely introduced by our (temporary) manager Christian Schröder. Steering Commitee (SC) and project management team (PMT) were called up. Next steps will be convening an advisory council and the forum of experts.

First visit of EU project tutor

On january, 23th Mr. Bergmann from NEEMO, our tutor and monitor of the EC, became a first overview of working process and visited three of our project sites. We will meet up yearly to control work in progression. On this winter day we could not observe any target species, so our former project manager Dr. Lorenz shows him (here on the map) the isle and Nature Reserve Großer Wotig.

Visit to LIFE Limosa project and Bunde Wischen farm

At the end of November 2017, in preparation of our own project, we were visiting with the project LIFE Limosa and the cooperative Bunde Wischen (which means colourful meadows) in Schleswig-Holstein. Together with our project partners (State Office LUNG, Nature parks, Baltic Sea Foundation, Amphi International) and other related organisations our team could see on two rainy days sites, measures and success of these projects for the protection of meadow breeding birds. So we returned enthusiastic to our land.