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Measures

  The financial means of € 1.8 million was used from 2003 till 2008 for the following measures:
  • Consolidation of the raised bog area by purchasing the last missing plots from private owners (15 hectares)
  • Completion of 430 hectares of bog rewetting by building small dams and blocking
    ditches
  • Regeneration of the bog vegetation and fauna through clearing, mowing, grazing by
    a herd of moorland sheep and levelling of some upper plots by caterpillar vehicle
    (JCB)
  • Stopping the nutrient-contaminated water from seeping into the central bog
  • Reduction of the spread of invasive species
  • Reduction of disturbance to the bog through public relations work and by guiding
    visitors
  • Integration of the socio-economic environment by means of public relations work
  • Exchange of experiences with other bog and LIFE projects


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    11 km of peat dams were built to raise water levels. The dams are also used by the flock of sheep for reaching the grazing areas.
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    The photo from April 2005 shows the effect of the re-wetting measures. The winter rainfall can be retained in the polders.  >>>
     

       


    A special machine for wetlands cut the birches.
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    Next the birches were shredded. The wood chips were used for wood furnaces or for covering the dams.   >>>
     

       



    57 ha of little birches and Molinia were cut by the flail mower every year.
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    After the clearing and cutting measures it is necessary that the flock of sheep keeps the surface of the bog open. The flock was established with the support of the LIFE-Nature project.   >>>
     

       



    Two observation towers were erected.
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    The new nature trail gives information of the "Großes Torfmoor" and shows how tracks of logs used to be laid out across the bog in ancient times.   >>>
     

       



    Information panels near the parking places inform the visitors about footpaths and the LIFE-Nature project.
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      More information:
    NABU-Minden-Luebbecke@t-online.de
    Belting.Umweltplanung@t-online.de

    or download "LIFE-Tagungsband" and "Layman's Report"
     


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