Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities (6430)

Hydrophilous Tall Herb Fringes (6430)

Hydrophilous Tall Herb Fringes (6430)

Description of the habitat

Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities are humid fringes which are dominated by tall herbaceous vegetation such as the meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria). Naturally, they mostly occur on nutritious, humid soil on the edges of streams, trenches and on the verges of moist forests. Agriculturally, those regions are only sporadically used. Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities are an important habitat for a variety of animals. Their dense, high herbaceous vegetation offers optimal hiding places for ground-breeding birds as well as migratory corridors for amphibians. As a border to streams, hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities also fulfil an important function as nutrient buffer of the streams and rivers.

Situation and endangerment of the habitat in the project area

Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities occur nationwide in humid, nutritious places which are only sporadically used. The main impairment of this biotope is the intensifying agriculture. The often unfavourable sites are made accessible through drainage and land consolidation.

Provisions within the project

Purchase and fallow lying of 2 ha of land. Unregular mowing every 2-5 years to prevent shrub encroachment.