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)