Located in the Weser-Aller Plain north of the highlands, Lake Steinhude is the largest lake in Lower Saxony. This shallow lake borders raised bogs to the east, lowland fens to the west, and forested dune ranges to the north. Drainage, peat mining, and intensive agriculture have resulted in a considerable degradation of the area in the past. By means of significant land acquisition, rewetting and the extensification of agriculture, the protection status of numerous species has improved considerably.
The area has gained tremendous importance for nature conservation efforts owing to its diverse habitats. Based on its relevance for breeding and migrating birds, it is a recognized wetland of international importance. All amphibians native to Lower Saxony occur here. The creation of numerous ponds and several other measures have allowed the amphibian population to multiply within the last years so that Lake Steinhude is now one of the most important areas for the conservation of amphibians in Lower Saxony. Currently, 11 amphibian species, including all target species of the AMPHIKULT project, can be found in this area.
The project's goal is to increase – as well as to connect - the amphibian populations by creating more water bodies. The area is to function as a source for the colonisation of bordering areas.
Area size: 5.327 ha
On-site contact Person: ÖSSM