LIFE IP GrassBirdHabitats

Conservation of wet grassland breeding bird habitats in the atlantic region


LIFE Integrated Project

Welcome to the website of the LIFE IP GrassBirdHabitats project, an EU-funded initiative dedicated to protecting meadow birds and their habitats. Our goal is to create and connect optimal breeding and non-breeding areas along the East Atlantic Flyway.

The project focuses on habitat conservation and restoration in Lower Saxony (Germany) and Fryslân (the Netherlands) while also developing a strategic conservation plan for the Atlantic region of Europe and West Africa.

The project will run for ten years. It started in November 2020 and will be concluded by the end of October 2030.

In our project areas in Lower Saxony, the Black-tailed Godwit breeding season slowly ends in late June: all known active nests already hatched.…

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In a recent exploratory visit to the Special Protection Area Barnbruch, representatives from NABU Ecological Station Aller/Oker (ÖNSA), the district…

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We are announcing two exciting PhD positions to contribute to meadow bird conservation in West Africa within our project. This research is a…

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The green vastness of the Ems dyke forelands is still home to highly endangered meadow bird species such as Lapwing, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit.…

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What we do

To improve the conservation status of meadow birds along the East Atlantic Flyway, a team of more than 40 people is carrying out various measures. Their common goal is to increase the birds' reproduction rates in the Netherlands and Germany and to improve their return rates from their wintering grounds in West Africa.

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Our focus species

Transmitter birds

In six years of challenging field work, we have tagged more than 380 adult and juvenile Black-tailed Godwits in total, and collected more than 256,000 locations. We use lightweight GPS transmitters with lots of different sensors to gain detailed movement and behavioural data from the birds. 

With this information, we want to improve conservation measures for Black-tailed Godwits and other meadow birds along the East Atlantic Flyway.

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The project in numbers

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Where we work

Our project areas comprise the core breeding areas of meadow birds in the north-western European Plain (in Lower Saxony and Fryslân) and their core stopover and wintering sites along the East Atlantic Flyway.

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