Waterlogging and grassland extensification in Lower Saxony to improve habitats of the Corncrake (Crex crex) and the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) (Meadow Birds, LIFE10/NAT/DE011)


SI853929   Lower Saxony is the most important meadow bird area in Germany. Significant populations of Germany’s meadow birds, e.g. Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Common Snipe and Corncrake, breed here. Especially black-tailed godwits are very sensitive birds. Their Western population has a very small breeding area in Europe, and more than 90% of all breeding pairs of this population are found in the Netherlands and in North-Western parts of Lower Saxony.

Hence we have a particular responsibility to protect meadow birds in Lower Saxony and Germany, but also within all of Europe.

Within the framework of this LIFE+ project, which was approved at the end of 2011, the Federal State of Lower Saxony takes on its responsibility with the help of the European Union (EU). With an amount of 22.3 million Euro over 9 years the project is the largest nature protection project of the LIFE+ funding programme in Germany. 60% of the project are funded by the EU and 40% by the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The county of Leer and the environmental protection foundation of the county of Emsland are also contributing to the funding of the project.

More detailed information: on project’s website