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Bundesamt für Naturschutz


Areas and habitats
Waters and floodplains
Large-Scale Conservation Projects
Near-natural watercourse system with characteristic community of oligotrophic geestland streams and their adjoining habitats
Federal state
Lower Saxony
Division II 2.1 Biotope Protection and Management; Protected Areas
1989 - 2004
Core area 2,000 ha
Lower Saxony
Grant amount
16.600.000 €

Project description

The Lutter, a largely near-natural flowing water system, covers a stretch of 23 kilometres between Hanover and Uelzen. It comprises a typical animal and plant community of oligotrophic streams and their adjoining habitats with a wide range of highly specialised flora and fauna which includes freshwater pearl mussels, European otter and black stork. The surrounding, mostly forest-covered valley areas are populated by alder and birch carr forests, wet shrublands and small-scale, acid-loving deciduous forests. Nutrient-poor soil gives rise to peat substrates, quaking bogs, heather moors and anmoor humus near the uppermost reaches of the stream. 

The aim of the project was to convert the affected sections of the Lutter and its adjoining waters to as near-natural a state as possible. Apart from acquiring the land, activities included measures to remove pine afforestation, laying of sand traps, renaturalisation of fish ponds and extensification of farmed land.

Project executing agencies

Landkreis Celle
Postfach 1105, 29201 Celle

Project funding agencies

Federal Environment Ministry (BMU)/Federal Nature Conservation Agency (BfN), Lower Saxony state and local administrative districts Celle und Gifhorn
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