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LIFE Bats & Birds - providing Bed and Breakfast for Bats & Birds

Reference: LIFE18 NAT/LU/000136 | Acronym: LIFE Bats & Birds

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The habitat conditions for endangered bird and bat species, including the six targeted by this project, have declined dramatically over the last decades. The bird species Lanius collurio and Lanius excubitor suffer from intensified land use which undermines the structured hedge and shrub landscapes they need. Athene noctua and Jynx torquilla are threatened by the continued decline in orchards where they breed, hunt and feed.Orchards have diminished by 80% in the last 100 years in Luxembourg.

Bat species in the project region, in particular Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Myotis emarginatus, suffer from shortage in nesting places and hunting habitats and the general loss of insect biomass.

Other threats to the target species include an increase in streets and paths, early mowing, the conversion of meadows into farmland and the use of pesticides.


OBJECTIVES

The main objective of LIFE Bats & Birds is to enhance the ecology of agricultural landscape and improve the connectivity between existing and potential habitats in Luxembourg. It aims to restore habitats and maintain existing or install new structures in desolate landscapes. The targeted habitats will be interconnected by hedges, trees and fallow strips.

These actions are designed to:

  • counteract the negative trends caused by intensified land use;
  • reinforce and expand the target species populations by improving the nutrition basis with increased insect biomass in the target areas; and
  • improve connectivity and mobility by creating linear and aerial habitat structures.
  • LIFE Bats & Birds will support the EU Birds and Habitats directives.


    RESULTS

    Expected results:

  • 50ha of land purchased for restoration measures and secured long term;
  • 2 500 trees and at least 123 000 shrubs planted, resulting in 25km of hedges and 5ha of field shrubs;
  • 6ha of abandoned grassland and orchards restored by mowing and/or shrub clearance;
  • 500 fruit trees, 500 pollarded trees and 3km hedges restructured;
  • 25km fences built for grazing management on restored sites;
  • 100 stone and 100 deadwood piles created to provide a nutritional base for the target species; and
  • 50 new bat houses for summer nesting.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 NAT/LU/000136
    Acronym: LIFE Bats & Birds
    Start Date: 01/09/2019
    End Date: 31/08/2025
    Total Budget: 6,002,264 €
    EU Contribution: 3,601,358 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: natur&mwelt Fondation Hllef fir d'Natur
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: 5, route de Luxembourg, 1899, Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg
    Contact Person: Nathalie GROTZ
    Email: secretariat@naturemwelt.lu
    Tel: 3522904041
    Website: http://www.naturemwelt.lu


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Ecological coherence

    KEYWORDS

    • monitoring
    • Agriculture
    • biodiversity
    • public awareness campaign
    • nature conservation
    • land purchase

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)
    • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)

    SPECIES

    • Myotis emarginatus

    NATURA 2000 SITES

    Type Code Name
    SCI LU0001017 Vallée de la Sûre inférieure (DEPRECATED)
    SCI LU0001024 Machtum - Pellembierg / Froumbierg / Greivenmaacherbierg (DEPRECATED)
    SCI LU0001029 Région de la Moselle supérieure (DEPRECATED)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    neasbl(natur&ëmwelt a.s.b.l.), Luxembourg Participant

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