Ponds of the Bückeburger Lowland surveyed
As part of a conference, the study group that guides NABU's LIFE-AMPHIKULT Project visited the newly-created amphibian water bodies in the Bückeburger Lowland. This study group meets frequently to ensure intensive information exchange among all parties involved and to warrant highest quality for the measures that are taken. The participants included representatives from local nature conservation authorities, the district, the agency for nature conservation in Lower Saxony's Department for Waterway, Coastal and Nature Conservation as well as officials from Lower Saxony's Ministry for the Environment. NABU representatives and amphibian experts from Lower Saxony rounded out the attendance list.
Photo: Thomas Brandt of the Ökologische Schutzstation Steinhuder Meer and NABU site manager explains the construction measures in the Bückeburg Lowland
In the Bückeburger Lowland, one of AMPHIKULT's fifteen project areas, seven new amphibian spawning grounds were created last autumn for the European tree frog and other amphibian species. The areas for these measures were provided by the Schaumburg district. NABU assigned Thomas Brandt from the Ökologische Schutzstation Steinhuder Meer as planer and site manager for the water bodies. Brandt also elucidated the construction measures that were carried out in the field. At some of the water bodies the excavation residues were removed from the area. The members of the study group unanimously deemed the newly-created water bodies as successful.
The Bückeburger Lowland is the area with the most significant populations of European tree frog in the Niedersächsische Boerde (a fertile plain in Lower Saxony). To safeguard the population in the long run it is, however, necessary to create additional spawning grounds. This has partially been realized by now through the AMPHIKULT Project. More is to follow. Not only will several amphibian species benefit from these water bodies, so too will rare plant species, dragonflies, waterfowl and numerous other species. In addition, the recreational and adventure value for visitors of the region will be greatly enhanced.
Photo: Flooded wetlands in the Bückeburg Lowland
The shallow flooding of the grasslands along the Bückeburg wetland was received positively by the participants. The Schaumburg district had ordered the relocation of the levee thus defusing the flood situation of the lowland and furthermore creating valuable habitats for numerous waterfowl like the very rare Northern Pintail.