ruffs crossing the dike of polder Rosenhagen (photo: G. Hoffmann)


Events and news at a glance.

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!

LIFE Limicodra now on Instagram

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Second Meeting of Project Advisory Board

The second meeting of the projects advisory board took place in Bugewitz october, 22th. Stakeholders could inform theirselves about the projects monitoring and measures 2019. Johannes Limberg presented results of the geo-hydrological study of polders Rosenhagen, Bugewitz and Mönkebude.

In discussion we talked about possible measures for irrigation of the degraded turf soils in the Polders in spring months. This is essential for our breeding birds habitat. Before planning the projects we are focussing on land purchase and assignment.

First success for predator management in project sites Freesendorfer Wiesen and Mönkebude, where more fledgelings were risen than in 2018. This could me an positive effect of protection by mobile electric fences.


Conference of the International Wader Study Group, UK

The annual meeting of the International Wader Study Group was held in Morecambe Bay, UK from 20.-23.09.2019. The first results of the LIFE Limicodra project were presented with a poster (for download see information). The lectures and posters of various experts in the field of waders stimulated discussions and informative talks. A workshop on predator management provided many examples of measures and implementations that we can use for our project.

We took a lot of new information, contacts, suggestions and hints for the implementation of our project from the conference. Some experts have invited us to get to know their areas and projects. A study trip to the Netherlands and England is planned with other LIFE projects next year. The exchange of knowledge is an important tool for successful project implementation and the conversations between coffee and cake solved open questions and provided new ideas. Next year the conference will take place in Germany on Sylt and we will join it again.

Reparation of water ducts in Freesendorfer Wiesen

In september we repaired the water ducts in Freesendorfer Wiesen to provide water flow of flooding in the breeding habitats there.

The reconstruction of 3 ducts and the building of a new one was made with the help of stakeholder Agrar GmbH Wusterhusen. The flooding water can now reach the breeding habitats in the interior areas of Freesendorfer Wiesen.

Visiting Isle of Großer Wotig

A group of experts from Greifswald Moor Centrum, University of Greifswald and State office for Environment visited in the end of June the Greater Isle of Wotig in the Peene Stream. They were guided by Christian Schröder, our site manager, to see the status quo. Some questions were discussed.


They found the salt marshlands in deconstruction in some areas, because of the frequent flooding and tapping of cattle. Also the cattle cannot reach every part of the isle, because of difficult crossing of tideways. So this summer we will built some firm fords across tideways or drainage channels, to get the cattle grazing in the reeds to restore the marshlands in the northern part of the isle.

Presentation of geohydrological studies in polder Bugewitz, Rosenhagen and Mönkebude

The EU LIFE Projekt „LIFE Limicodra“ aims the rescue of meadow breeding waders at the coast of Western Pommerania. To resume all possibilities of habitat restoration we charged the UmweltPlan GmbH with geohydrological studies and modelling for the polders.

The results of the studies were presented and discussed to citizens, farmers and owners on 26.06.2019 in  Bugewitz and 01.07.2019 in Mönkebude.

We would like to thank you for your coming, your questions and suggestions. We were able to take a lot of new information and ideas for ourselves and the project.


Presentation of geohydrological studies in polder Mönkebude

polder Mönkebude

The EU LIFE Projekt „LIFE Limicodra“ aims the rescue of meadow breeding waders at the coast of Western Pommerania. To resume all possibilities of habitat restoration we charged the UmweltPlan GmbH with geohydrological studies and modelling for the polders.

We want to show the results of the studies to citizens, farmers and owners in the polders and discuss about questions and possibilities to optimize the habitats of meadow birds.

content: geohydrological studies in the polder Mönkebude

appointment: monday, july 1st 2019, 6 p.m.

location: Haus des Gastes , Mönkebude

Presentation of geohydrological studies in polders Bugewitz and Rosenhagen

The EU LIFE Projekt „LIFE Limicodra“ aims the rescue of meadow breeding waders at the coast of Western Pommerania. To resume all possibilities of habitat restoration we charged the UmweltPlan GmbH with geohydrological studies and modelling for the polders.

We want to show the results of the studies to citizens, farmers and owners in the polders and discuss about questions and possibilities to optimize the habitats of meadow birds.

content: geohydrological studies in the polders Bugewitz and Rosenhagen

appointment: wednesday, june 26th 2019, 6 p.m.

location: Gasthaus „Zum Mühlengraben“, Bugewitz

polder Rosenhagen

Visit from Ministry of Agriculture and Environment

Dr. Buchwald (left in picture) was accompanied by Marie-Luise Waldenspuhl from the Department of Sustainable Development, Forestry and Nature Protection. They were informed about our project and its challenges as far as the first milestones to present. They got the chance to see two polders together with the farmers to talk about their recent problems and to find a way to serve both: land users and conservationists. Goal is to keep the soil in good conditions to feed the cattle as well as the breeding birds. A positive side effect is the reduction of climate relevant gases from the drained fens. We hopefully look farward to find a new and flexible programme or module in the next period of Agro-environmental and Climate protection Measures suitable for meadow breeding birds in wet grasslands.

Presse release of Ministry of Agriculture and Environment M-V

you find the release as download in the information site

experience with LIFE Wiesenvoegel in Lower Saxonia

wind pumping station, about 40 years working

The Ochsenmoor south of Dümmer was rewetted since the 1990ies. The ground level sank under the lake water level and is watered by several wind pumping stations and about 50 hand controled weirs. This reveals a great mosaic of different water levels and vegetation types. These measures stopped the drop down of meadow breading species and reversed it. Just predation by mammals brought a relapse. Consequent hunting management with pipe traps and chasing could reduce losses of clutches and chicks.

At the Kehdinger marshes near Freiburg/Elbe we have seen similar measures. Here we found breeding areas between summer dike and main dike as well as in the tide zone.

Well, we know now, what challenges we will meet...

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.

We have now protected habitats of 30 ha in both sites Freesendorfer Wiesen and Mönkebude with mobile electric fencing. Northern Lapwing, Redshank, Common Ringed Plover and even some Avocets in Freesendorfer Wiesen and Lapwings in Mönkebude will hopefully benefit from it.

Solar panels feed-in the electric fences reducing the impact on climate revelant emissions.

Electric fencing for clutch protection

As early as never before lapwing and co. have returned to Western Pomerania 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.

The colleagues from Nature Park „Am Stettiner Haff“ were instructed in proper fencing the habitat, because they will help us to put up and control the fencing against predators in our project sites. Our electric fences are on the way to the project sites now.

2nd visit by NEEMO

This time Dr. Bergmann took a glance on polder Bugewitz with sunny and to warm wheather. We spoke about the geohydrological study going on in the polders. Results are expected for end of May. Meantime we are looking forward on monitoring of breeding birds and fencing for protection of nests.

start of hydrological study

For the hydrological studies UmweltPlan GmbH from Stralsund was ordered. They will investigate the geo-hydrological conditions in the polders and suggest possible measures for improvement of breeding and feeding conditions for the meadow birds.

So now since October 2018 there are 15 groundwater-  and 10 surfacewater- recording points in the polders of Rosenhagen, Bugewitz and Mönkebude, collecting data of water levels in the ground. Data is also recorded frequently by our manager of hydrological measures, Johannes Limberg from the Baltic Sea Foundation Germany. You can see him with project manager Meike Kilian in the photo.

First Meeting of Project Advisory Board

At the first meeting of the projects advisory board we appointed stakeholders from public authorities, communities, associations for water management, agriculture, hunting and nature protection. They were informed about the projects aims and measures. The actual status is finishing ex-ante monitoring and starting of our geo-hydrological study in polders Rosenhagen, Bugewitz and Mönkebude.

Expert Meeting in Bugewitz

From November, 7th to 9th we invited 9 experts from Germany and Denmark to visit our project and talk about their experience.

We discussed intensively about behaviour and requirements of our target species as far as the protection of their nests and chicks from predating, optimization of their habitat structures by increasing groundwater level in breeding season and by better management of grazing and mowing. Even judicial questions we have considered. In the field we talked about measures in the polders Rosenhagen, Bugewitz and Mönkebude and in the NR Freesendorfer Wiesen and Struck.

In the photo you see the visit of adjacent polder Leopoldshagen and project manager Geranda Olsthoorn of the project for compensation (E2) of the Flächenagentur MV. We spoke about good basics of ground and vegetation for meadow breeding birds.

Excursion to Sweden

geese and cattle through a lense
LIFE Limicodra with Susanne Forslund of Kalmar Länsstyrelsen

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

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 recent bird migration and methods for recolonization of Avocet.

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

In april our site managers Kai and Christian started monitoring and counting of breeding birds. Vegetation will be recorded after breeding season. Johannes, our manager of hydrological measures, is preparing the hydrological studies.

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.