Land purchase

The most efficient way to keep sites in a valuable conservation state is land purchase. These acquisitions not only guarantee the restoration of certain habitats, but also the preservation through careful management.

The first step is a cartographic analysis of interesting sites within the Natura2000-areas of the project. The main focus lies on sites with high ecological value or with high potential to become such a site.

After these analyses, with the permission of the local authorities, landowners are contacted to start negotiations.

The overall aim of the Life Grassland project is to buy a total of 46.5 ha, which should be divided as followed:

  • 3 ha of Semi-natural dry grasslands on calcareous substrates (6210)
  • 1 ha Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayed-silt-laden soils (6410)
  • 2 ha Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities (6430)
  • 30 ha Lowland hay meadows (6510)
  • 5 ha Transition mires
  • 5 ha for Yellow-bellied toat (Bombina variegate) and Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus)
  • 2 ha for Geoffroy’s bat (Myotis emarginatus)
  • 3 ha for Tree pipit (Anthus trivialis), Woodlark (Lullula arborea) and Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)