Pfrunger - Burgweiler peatlands (Pfrunger - Burgweiler Ried)
This is one of the most important peatland areas of southern Germany. The area contains predominantly raised bogs, transition mires, and fens as well as the Ostrach river valley. The Pfrunger - Burgweil peatlands host a species-rich, characteristic flora and fauna including highly endangered and rare species and they are resting places for endangered migratory bird species. (Species found include slender cottongrass (Eriophorum gracile), eight bat species, common snipes (Gallinago gallinago), white storks (Ciconia ciconia), spotted crakes (Porzana porzana), the cranberry blue butterfly (Vacciniina optilete) and the moth Lemonia taraxaci).
The project has the following objectives:
- To stop any process that contributes to the degradation of the peatlands;
- To restore the original hydrology in as far as the water quality is sufficient to do so;
- To regenerate peat-forming, hydrologically and trophically intact peatland ecosystems;
- To maintain and develop elements of the flora and fauna characteristic of the peatlands, as well as their biocoenoses.
Measures planned in order to achieve these objectives include site purchases as well as initial restoration measures such as re-wetting, scrub removal, and initial mowing. Visitor management measures are also planned.