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.

Last year, the rare Black-tailed Godwit nested with more than 200 breeding pairs in the Dümmer marsh, and the species is still present in the Boller…

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Corinna Langebrake, our newest team member, started working at the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park Administration (NLPV) last month. Her main…

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Last week marked an early surprise as the first Black-tailed Godwit reached Lake Dümmer after spending the last few months in its wintering grounds.…

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In order to learn from the respective working practices of the project partners, members of the NLWKN GrassBirdHabitats team visited their project…

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Since the beginning of 2022, a team of Collectief Súdwestkust is working with a local journalist to publish a column called “Weidevogelman”. With this…

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The new website for the LIFE Integrated Project GrassBirdHabitats launched today. It features a more detailed description of the project and the…

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Within the scope of the LIFE IP GrassBirdHabitats, 24 new Black-tailed Godwits were tagged with GPS transmitters in 2023. One of them is the female…

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The decline of wet grassland breeding bird populations across Europe, and Germany more specifically, continues unabated. In an effort to address this…

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Our recently released press information depicts an exceptional conservation initiative focused on the Common Snipe. Ornithologists from various…

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Migratory birds fly southwards in autumn to spend the winter in warmer regions. To get there, the birds use different migratory routes. Most…

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Our precursor project LIFE Meadow Birds is coming to an end. Currently, the last measures in the project areas Butjadingen and Dümmer are being…

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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 150 adult and juvenile Black-tailed Godwits in total, and collected more than 210.000 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.

More about our project areas