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Protection of meadow birds in coastal areas of Vorpommern (Germany)

Reference: LIFE16 NAT/DE/000592 | Acronym: LIFE Limicodra

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

In Central Europe, populations of meadow birds have been significantly declining for several decades. The two main reasons for this decline are the degradation of breeding habitats and predation. The breeding success of some meadow birds is currently too low to reverse this decline. Two migratory species targeted by the project, dunlin (Calidris alpina) and ruff (Philomachus pugnax), listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive, have already disappeared as breeding species in Mecklenburg-Vorpommer. Another five meadow bird species listed in Annex II (also targeted by the project) are black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), redshank (Tringa totanus), European curlew (Numenius arquata) and common snipe (Gallinago gallinago).


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE Limicodra project aims to improve conditions for meadow bird species in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Previous conservation efforts embedded in agri-environmental schemes do not seem to be enough to achieve a favourable conservation status for the bird species. Thus, known and successfully-tested methods for the protection of meadow birds will be applied in a best-practice approach. The project team will use the experience gained to improve the agri-environmental schemes in favour of meadow bird protection. Purchase of land will secure project sites in the long term.

Expected results:

  • Creation of potential breeding habitats for dunlin and ruff;
  • Optimisation of the hydrology, morphology and vegetation on 730 ha;
  • Improved vegetation conditions on 200 ha for meadow birds;
  • 60 ha of breeding habitats cleared of tall vegetation;
  • 30-40 ha purchased for the implementation of long-term concrete conservation measures and land swaps;
  • 3 000 m of permanent fox fences and two fox gates installed;
  • Two bridges made fox-proof;
  • 15 catch traps and 50 artificial dens installed and tended;
  • 4 500 m of electric mobile fences purchased to protect all bird breeding sites;
  • Infrastructure for fencing established on more than 10 000 m;
  • Initiation of an expert network on meadow birds; and
  • Organisation of promotional activities and production and dissemination of materials to raise public awareness of meadow birds.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE16 NAT/DE/000592
    Acronym: LIFE Limicodra
    Start Date: 01/10/2017
    End Date: 30/09/2025
    Total Budget: 4,079,193 €
    EU Contribution: 2,377,348 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Stiftung Umwelt- und Naturschutz Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: Mecklenburgstrae 7, 19053, Schwerin, Deutschland
    Contact Person: Schwake Björn
    Email: info@stun-mv.de
    Tel: 493857609995
    Website: http://www.stiftung-naturschutz-mv.de


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Birds

    KEYWORDS

    • agricultural method
    • animal damage
    • environmental impact of agriculture
    • migratory species

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 2009/147 - Conservation of wild birds - Birds Directive (codified version of Directive 79/409/EEC as amended) (30.11.2009)

    TARGET HABITAT TYPES

    • 0 - Non applicable (i.e.species project)

    SPECIES

    • Gallinago gallinago
    • Numenius arquata
    • Tringa totanus
    • Vanellus vanellus
    • Limosa limosa
    • Calidris alpina
    • Philomachus pugnax

    NATURA 2000 SITES

    Type Code Name
    SPA DE1949401 Peenestrom und Achterwasser (DEPRECATED)
    SPA DE2050404 Süd-Usedom (DEPRECATED)
    SPA DE2147401 Peenetallandschaft (DEPRECATED)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    Stiftung Umwelt- und Naturschutz Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Coordinator
    Amphi International ApS, Denmark Participant
    Naturschutzstiftung Deutsche Ostsee, Germany Participant
    Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Participant