to the nature protection administration at the Federsee fen!
Most of our pages are in German. Here is a brief summary in English of our LIFE project and a link you can use to contact us.
"Conservation and development of nature in the Federsee landscape"
Federsee fen (33 km²), administrative district of Biberach, Land Baden-Württemberg, Southern Germany
Bezirksstelle für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege Tübingen, BNL (nature protection an landscape management centre) and NABU-Zentrum Federsee (nature conservation centre)
Budget of the project:
about 0.8 million euros from the EU
about 0.5 million euros from the Administration of environment
about 115,000 euros from the Landesdenkmalamt (historical monument conservation office)
about 100,000 euros from the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU, association for the protection of nature)
about 30,000 euros from the Landkreis (administrative district) Biberach
January 1997 - June 2002
The Federsee fen, which includes a central lake surrounded by large areas of moorland, is classified by the EU´s Wild Birds Directive 79/409 as well as the Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive 92/43 (habitats directive) as a special-protection region. The region (3,300 ha) is of special interest because of its great variety of habitats, animal and plant species, some of them classified of primary importance. Nevertheless, it is severely damaged and drained in some locations.
The aim of the LIFE project was to protect and develop this area and even reestablish its habitat function. This was realised on the basis an integrated concept.
develop a plan for maintenance and development of the area
rehabilitate the balance of moorwaters in order to restore typical moor habitats, e.g. sedge
meadows, as habitats for meadow breeding birds
preserve the peat strata, thereby protecting the very rich archaeological findings from Early Stone Age sites to Bronze Age settlement systems
acquire land in the zones of main interest to ensure preservation
preserve and conserve the open moor landscape by adopting ecologically moderate, extensive agricultural methods
intensify public awareness in order to make inhabitants and visitors more sensitive to this unique landscape which is an important economic factor for tourism