The aim of the LIFE project was the long-term conservation of the
Weidmoos was as a breeding, migration and overwintering location for a
range of bird species which had become rare on a European level. As the
project-related monitoring has demonstrated, this objective was met
100% successfully. The waterlogging measures ensured that exactly those
water and moist habitats were created which are necessary for the
conservation of these species. The ornithological survey demonstrated
that these created habitats were adopted by many endangered species of
bird. In this manner, it was not only possible to secure the habitat of
the species specified in the LIFE project: habitats for many incoming
species were also created.
every year we observe species which are new to the area. It was
particularly pleasing to evidence the presence of Little Bitterns and
Great Bitterns which both appeared during breeding time in 2005 and
2007! The Bluethroat presence seems to have decreased somewhat, but it
still considerable. Two pairs of March Harriers were breeding at the
Weidmoos through the entire duration of the project. The Weidmoos also
gained in significance for many other bird species, thanks to the LIFE
project. For example, many types of duck now breed at the Weidmoos.
Species such as the Little Grebe and the Water Rail are now typical of
the Weidmoos. Even rare reed-dwellers, such as the Great Reed Warbler
have been able to establish themselves at the Weidmoos.
the monitoring reports.
The essential basis of this success story is the close collaboration
and trust shown by the Environmental Protection department, the
Association Torferneuerungsverein, the local councils, landowners,
farmers and huntsmen. A big thank you goes also to all those who have
worked to make the project such a success, even beyond the geographical
extent of the Salzburg area. This successful co-operation within the
scope of the LIFE project has demonstrably contributed to the Weidmoos
being accepted as a conservation area and to the idea behind
“Natura 2000” being generally cemented within the
population. The swarm of visitors who turn up to excursions and other
Torferneuerungsverein events impressively substantiates this claim.
with pictures from the project
in the year 2000 ...
Weidmoos in the year 2005 ...
from the EU vistit the Weidmoos ...
basis of success ..