After the successful Beaver project, the conservation organization Naturefund starts directly with the next land purchase project. This time, Naturefund wants to buy almost an acre of meadow in the countryside ‘Langenselbolder Flos’ in the Kinzig Valley. In the neighborhood, one of the last known breeding places of the Lapwing is located in South Hesse, whose Bestande have declined dramatically in recent years. Together with the Hessische Gesellschaft fur Ornithologie und Naturschutz (HGON), Naturefund wants to preserve this area as Plover Habitat. The exalted Kie-wit, KIE-wit’ is rarely heard at us. Who discovered a Kiebtiz today, must have great luck or a lot of patience. Yet, the Lapwing was once one of the most common birds.
The smallholder and extensive management created structure-rich and varied landscapes. In the flood zones of rivers caused extensive wet meadows with valleys and flood basins, which began on the large amounts of water in the rivers such as sponges in spring and autumn. Not only the man, numerous species benefited. Meadows offer an ideal habitat for the birds such as Lapwing, black-tailed godwit or the large Curlew Exchange moisture. But since the 1970s, these habitats and hence the stocks of the birds rapidly declined. A steadily increasing intensification of agriculture with high fertilization, early mowing and a rigorous drainage of the meadows destroyed the sponge function of these habitats in many places and led to a degradation of biodiversity. As only meadow bird eluded the Lapwing on arable land and tried to raise his brood there.
But the modern, large machines will not stop at Plover nests. “The Lapwing is poised to disappear from our landscape”, says Susanne farrier Rahman, Managing Director of HGON in Rodenbach. “Every year it’s to high losses located and fledglings.” It is all the more important to preserve its Habitat. We hope now with Naturefund this meadow to as Plover Habitat “, and to absorb a little so the stock slump of the Lapwing in our region.” The Meadow for sale bordering an existing Lapwing biotope, that the Working Group of main-Kinzig of the HGON already some time ago with the Ministry of road and transportation Gelnhausen as a compensatory measure for the construction of the A45/A66 successfully re-naturalized. The purchase of the new area of total 9.770 square meters would extend the Habitat for the Lapwing and many other species on a total of 3 hectares. “We put so Katja Wiese, Managing Director of Naturefund,”The purchase of land is often one of the most effective and fastest to be implemented measures, to preserve a part of existing natural resources,”back on the public work and the power of new media, the Internet. Who knows,”she smiles mischievously,”maybe we succeed a similar miracle such as the Beaver project that we have secured only with the help of private donations within a few weeks.” More information about the Lapwing project there is in the Internet under hgon. 12 square meters for the Lapwing can be backed up with a donation of EUR 30. Account for donations: Naturefund e. V., Nassauische Sparkasse, bank code 510 500 15, account 101 261 352, subject: Lapwing. A donation is tax deductible. You will find photo material to the press release see: press news contact: Katja Wiese, Naturefund e. V. Sun Berger Street 20a 65193 Wiesbaden Tel.: + 49 611 50 45 810-19 we buy land for nature take with!