LFA für Feldherpetologie und Ichthyofaunistik

LIFE AMPHIKULT 350 Ponds for Lower Saxony

Welcome to the website of the LIFEproject AMPFHIKULT which is being carried out by Lower Saxony's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). We provide information on the project's background, the measures to be taken as well as news updates.

LIFE AMPHIKULT is finished!

1.1.2010 - 31.12.2015

The project LIFE AMPHIKULT has been finished successfully by 31.12.2015. We thank all participants and especially the financers for their support and the successful cooperation!

The results of the project are presented in the following documents ready for download:


pdf button Final Report (by 31.12.2015, without annexes, German)

pdf button Layman's Report LIFE AMPHIKULT -

                               The layman´s report presents the project and its results in a concise manner in English and German


Presentations of the Symposium (05.09.2015)


pdf button The project LIFE AMPHIKULT - Conception and realized measures (in English and German)

pdf button LIFE AMPHIKULT – Evaluation results created and restored ponds (German)


There will be no more up-dates of this web site.

Information on NABU Niedersachsen projects on amphibian protection can be found under


web links NABU Niedersachsen- Amphibien

International Symposium

5./6. September 2015 in Hannover

At the end of the project LIFE AMPHIKULT the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU; Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany), regional association of Lower Saxony, invites to the international symposium

Strategies in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation: Large-scale Habitat Management and Reintroduction

Body Restoration at the Isingerode Gravel Pit

March 2015

Wolfenbüttel District

Isingerode 029NAB 19-1b nachher

A hydraulically-operated cutting unit ("Woodcracker") is removing woody plants from the water’s edge...the water body after completed restoration work (Photograph: J. Wimmer, NABU)

In time for the onset of the amphibian season, four water bodies at the gravel pit near Isingerode in the Oker Valley were restored by LIFE AMPHIKULT to benefit the European green toad.

NAB 19-4 freigestellter Tümpel mit aktuell 30-40 cm Wassertiefe

Another cleared pond (Fotograph: J. Wimmer, NABU)

After gravel mining at this quarry ceased at the end of the 1980s, the former operator created the four ponds within the scope of various land restoration measures. By way of continuing succession, birches, willows, and aspen trees had conquered the shores after a quarter of a century, leading to increasing nutrient enrichment at the bottom of the water bodies that was caused by an accumulation of fallen leaves. Largely shaded, the pools had become increasingly unsuitable for amphibian reproduction.

Final Conference on 5. und 6. September 2015

March 2015

Advance Notice

Currently, the LIFE-AMPHIKULT project is running in its sixth and thus also last year. The project's conception, the implemented measures as well as experiences gained and results attained herein will be presented to the scientific community on 5 and 6 September 2015 in Hanover. Furthermore, the measures' impact on the amphibian population within the project areas will be discussed during the lecture programme on the first day.   On the second day, implemented measures will be presented on-site at selected project areas. The conference programme as well as a registration form will be available in good time at this website.


Measures for European green and Natterjack toad at the Haverlahwiese open-pit

December 2014

Excavators were once again at work last December at the Haverlahwiese open pit at Salzgitter for European green and Natterjack toad


Anlage eines TmpelfeldesNeu angelegte Tmpel

Creation of a poolfield                                                                                      Newly created pools

At various water bodies in the south-eastern valley floor which are, for the most part, permanently aquiferous, seven new pools were created ranging from nine to 25m² in size and with a maximum depth of 60cm.   Furthermore, restoration of two water bodies involved stripping off flat parts of the shore sections while, in order to create a summer habitat, fast-warming open ground was achieved by removing willow bush and stripping the surface of ruderal vegetation.


Schaffung von OffenbodenEntfernung von Weidengebsch

Preceding the exact determination of the area, sample excavations were carried out with a spade and the conductivity of the water that gathered in the test holes was measured. The high level of salinity in the water bodies is caused by heavy salt leaching from the mining dump located to the north and, although it allows for some amphibian species to deposit their spawn, the eggs and hatchlings are at risk of deformation. All newly created pools exhibit levels of salinity that will enable successful reproduction, not only for the salt tolerant European green and Natterjack toad, but also for more sensitive species like the Crested newt. While the Natterjack toad still shows (or exhibits) a small recent population, the European green toad was last spotted (or observed) in the area in 2004. It was the westernmost occurrence of that species in Lower Saxony at that time, while also constituting the only occurrence in the continental region in this federal state. Since the European green toad is known to stray for several kilometres, for example along abandoned railway systems, a re-population might definitely be possible.

Saniertes sehr flaches Gewsser mit Blick auf Halde im Norden

Restored, very shallow water body