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Areas and habitats
Large-Scale Conservation Projects
Wet grassland and wet forest; white stork habitat
Federal state
Division II 2.1 Biotope Protection and Management; Protected Areas
Funding phase 1: 1992 - 2003 Funding phase 2: 2008 - 2012
10.365 ha
Altmark region of Saxony-Anhalt, in the catchment area of the Ohre river near Oebisfelde, hysiographic unit: Weser-Aller Niederung (Weser-Aller lowland)
Grant amount
Funding phase 1: 17.130.000 €, Funding phase 2: 4.180.000 €

Project description

The Drömling was once part of an expansive area of wetland lowlands with fen woodland stands, tall sedge swamps, peatland- and riparian woodlands along with predominantly damp meadows and pastures.

Its numerous ditches are such a distinctive feature that it is known as the 'land of a thousand ditches'("Land der tausend Gräben").

The species categorized as endangered at national level include the: Eurasian river otter (Lutra lutra), Eurasian water shrew (Neomys fodiens), whiskered bat (Myotis mystacinus), pond bat (Myotis dasycneme), brown and grey long-eared bats (Plecotus auritus and Plecotus austriacus), the Eurasian crane (Grus grus), black stork (Ciconia nigra), white stork (Ciconia ciconia), curlew (Numenius arquata), sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), quail (Coturnix coturnix), common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), short-eared owl (Asio flammeus), barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria), European tree frog (Hyla arborea), moor frog (Rana arvalis), various fish species (including burbot (Lota lota) and loach (Misgurnus fossilis)), and a large number of threatened dragonfly species - Lestes barbarus and Lestes virens, the northern damselfly (Coenagrion hastulatum), southern damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) and Irish damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum), the white-faced darter (Leucorrhinia dubia) and large white-faced darter (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) and their Nordic relative (Leucorrhinia rubicunda). The highly endangered vascular plant species include lesser marshwort (Apium inundatum), pillwort (Pilularia globulifera), ivy-leaved crowfoot (Ranunculus hederaceus), fen ragwort (Senecio paludosus), marsh violet (Viola palustris) and floating club-rush (Isolepis fluitans).

The overall objective of the project is to conserve the large-scale lowland peat mass, primarily by means of rewetting programmes. Further objectives are the institution of strict nature reserves, the extensification of agricultural and silvicultural land use, the creation of bog lakes and levelling of dikes, the conversion of weirs (into fish ladders, for instance) and the transformation of arable land into grassland.

Project executing agencies

Zweckverband Naturschutzprojekt "Drömling/Sachsen-Anhalt"
Haldensleber Str. 21, 39359 Calvörde

Project funding agencies

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Land (state) of Saxony-Anhalt, Zweckverband Naturschutzprojekt Drömling (Special-purpose association for the 'Drömling/Saxony-Anhalt' conservation project, consisting of the districts of Altmarkkreis-Salzwedel and Börde-Kreis and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany)
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