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Aims of the project

Since peat cutting ended, the Weidmoos has become an important habitat for birds. Because birds are found here which are regarded throughout the EU as being endangered, the Weidmoos (132 hectares) was in 2001 designated an “EU bird reserve” and became part of the European “NATURA 2000” network. In order to ensure the long-term preservation of the Weidmoos as a valuable bird habitat, the LIFE project “Habitat management in the Weidmoos bird reserve” was set up and will run from April 2003 until September 2007.

The main aim of the LIFE project as to preserve the populations of endangered bird species which are found in the Weidmoos. Active management intervention has ensured that the Weidmoos is maintained for the benefit of breeding, migrating and overwintering birds which have become rare in Europe. A discovery trail, information centre and viewing tower now enables visitors to experience the Weidmoos at first hand without disturbing the bird life.


LIFE is the European Union’s main funding program through which nature conservation projects in Natura 2000 areas are supported. LIFE projects are part of the implementation of the Natura 2000 reserves network in the EU member states and thus they contribute to the long-term conservation of wild animal and plant species in Europe. The LIFE project “Habitat management in the Weidmoos bird reserve” is the second LIFE project in Salzburg, the first being the “Wenger Moor” LIFE project. In October 2006 the third LIFE-Project in Salzburg started at the "Untersberg-Vorland".

Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is the name of a Europe-wide network of reserves for the conservation of endangered plant and animal species. The basis of this reserves network is the EU directive on the conservation of natural habitats and wild animals and plants, known as the Habitats Directive (the Council’s 92/43/EEC of 21st May 1992), and the directive on the conservation of wild birds (the Council’s 79/409/EEC of 2nd April 1979).
These two directives commit the EU member states to designate and maintain a number of reserves which can help to conserve throughout Europe the diversity both of wild animal and plant species and of natural and near-natural habitats.


(c) Gem. Lamprechtshausen
LIFE project ...


(c) Land Salzburg
Active conservation work in cooperation with land owners ...