About the Project

These can be divided into 2 groups: the direct and indirect results.

 

The key direct results of Project:

 

  1. Raising the level of groundwater, creating reservoirs and maintaining partial hollows divided into three different zones of wetness. This treatment is to stop the degradation of soils, restore their retention characteristics, it will contribute to reducing the rate of succession of thickets of willow, sustain or create valuable open wet habitats and associated plant communities. In wetness zone 1 (marsh zone) it will be possible to restore peat-forming processes. Directly and indirectly, increasing and maintaining ground water levels will contribute to a significant increase in the level of biodiversity.
     
  2. Shrub removal from areas of succession of trees and shrubs (mostly willow thickets), followed by their extensive mowing / grazing (a total of at least 2800 ha) will provide good breeding grounds, feeding grounds and resting place during migration and wintering for waders and waterfowl. This may allow the population growth in species at which this Project is directed.
     
  3. Increased levels of biodiversity - will be particularly apparent with regard to the diversity and abundance of birds (both during migration and wintering and breeding). The birds whose numbers should especially increase are: Aquatic Warbler, Bittern, Great Snipe, White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Widgeon, Pintail, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Dunlin, Black Stork, Corncrake, Spotted Crake, Whooper Swan , Little Gull, Short-eared owl, Little Crake, Crane, White-fronted Goose, Bean Goose, Greylag.

    Amphibians: Natterjack Toad, Tree Frog, Fire-bellied Toad, Great Crested Newt. 

    Rare and priority plant communities including: purple moor grass meadows, fresh meadows, raised bogs of peat forming vegetation, transition mires and quaking bogs, mountain and lowland bogs of alkaline marshes, sedges and mosses, bog woodland, riparian willow, poplar, alder and ash.
     
     
  4. Among the most important indirect effects are:
     
    1. The release of large areas to local farmers for extensive grazing and / or mowing – with benefits to wildlife and biodiversity and farmers themselves. The added value here will be the promotion of sustainable agriculture.
         
    2. Developing a social network and cooperation around the idea of ?? wetland values ??- including the need to protect them and their associated species.
       
    3. Increasing knowledge and awareness withnin the local community (and nationwide), of the importance of protection of wetland habitats and associated species and biodiversity in general.
       
    4. Increasing practical knowledge of local farmers and local governments in nature- and biodiversity-friendly economy and agriculture - particularly wetlands.
       
    5. Climate protection by preventing ventilation of large tracts of peat and, consequently, the release of large amounts of CO2.