Biodiversity in the southern Eggegebirge


Specialized plant and animal species adapted themselves to the strong acid and nutrient-poor surroundings. These are exactly the target species for this Life+ project. The nature conservation measurements of this project are planned as to help these species in particular, but at the same time other plants and animals with similar habitat requirements benefit.

In addition to the important peat producing peat moss species (Sphagnum spec.) other typical moore plant species like common cottongrasIns (Eriophorum angustifolium), round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), deergrass (Trichophorum cespitosum), cranberry and bog bilberry (Vaccinium oxyococcus, V. uliginosum) appear in our project area. In cultivated landscapes exploited by human beings such species have no possibility to survive. Hence, they represent residues of the wild, unaffected natural landscape of our region.

In bird-life the main target species are northern shrike (Lanius excubitor), whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) and meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis). They appear in the project area as breeding birds, but cannot be found in the adjacent cultivated landscape. The stabilization of this stock is an important contribution to a possible repopulation of the surroundings. The Eggemoors also provide important habitats for species with larger space requirements like red kite and black stork in the transition area between forest and open land.