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Visible results!

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.

Regularely new species were observed.

Almost 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.

Download the monitoring reports.

Cooperation as basis for the success.

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.

> Slideshow with pictures from the project

 

(c) Torferneuerungsverein Bürmoos
The Weidmoos
in the year 2000 ...

(c) K. Leininger
The Weidmoos in the year 2005 ...

(c) CH Ragger/REVITAL
Representatives from the EU vistit the Weidmoos ...

(c) CH Ragger/REVITAL
Cooperation
basis of success ..