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Title of the project

Species-rich corridor at Groß Kreutz

Description

On the initiative of the State Forestry Office, the State Environment Agency, the State Hunting Association, the Nature Conservation Union Germany, the Research Institute for Forestry and Timber Eberswalde e. V. and the goods Groß Kreutz was signed on 18 November 1991, an agreement to form the interest group Species-rich corridor Groß Kreutz.

The main goals of the community of interest are:

  • the demonstration of joint work of various interest groups to restore a species-rich corridor for a sample area
  • active habitat management as a prerequisite for the implementation of aid programs for endangered species
  • the establishment of a teaching and experimental area for small game and nature conservation tasks.

 

Different biotope-shaping measures were carried out in the Gross Kreutz teaching area. These include, for example:

  • Installation of a total of ten different five-row wood strips on an area of 10.64 ha and a length of 7200 m
  • Cultivation of the field trees and restrained management of multi-year decommissioning areas
  • Dead hedge plantation and willow planting as measures to increase the coverage of the small game and all other species of the area
  • Renaturation and preservation of the approx. 4 hectare Deetzer Pfuhl, a stagnant water fed by surface water, as a habitat for amphibians and birds
  • Conservation of rock pile as an important element of the habitat for many animal species (eg insects, amphibians, critters, small mammals)
  • Attaching nesting aids in various designs
  • Seeding perennial grass and herb mixtures on set-aside plots as year-round seedling and cover.

An important task within the framework of the project “Species-rich corridor” is the review of the effectiveness of all measures for habitat design. The effects of the biotope design are examined on the basis of the stock development of certain species of animals suitable as indicators. A significant animal species with indicator function is the hare. Its stocking development has been tracked since 1992 using the headlight counting method. It was possible to determine spring stockings between 14 and 20 hares / 100 ha and autumn trimmings from 18 to 28 hares / 100 ha. Field hares in the Groß Kreutz district are also recorded as part of the WILD project.

Results

The attractive set-aside areas have a special attraction with a good year-round food and cover offer, here the hare densities were two to three times higher than in the rest of the area.

Location

Country Germany
Level Local
Site Groß Kreutz, Derwitz
Municipalities involved Groß Kreutz
Province(s) district Potsdam-Mittelmark
Region Mittlere Mark

Starting date

1991

Habitat Types

Farmland, Scrub/Grassland

Protection status of the areas

Regional protected area

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds, Mammals (other than large carnivores), Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species European hare (Lepus europaeus)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)

Partners

Leading partners State Forestry Office, the State Environment Agency, the State Hunting Association, the Nature Conservation Union Germany, the Research Institute for Forestry and Timber Eberswalde e. V. and the goods Groß Kreutz

Weblinks

http://www.ljv-brandenburg.de/jagd-natur/lehrrevier-gross-kreutz/projekt-artenreiche-flur/