Lowland hay meadows (6510)

Lowland hay meadows (6510)

Lowland hay meadows (6510)

Description of the habitat

Lowland hay meadows are very blossomy and species-rich, meadow communities on dry to wet-dry, mostly fresh sites. Characteristically, they have a multitude  of blooming herbs and numerous low, middle and high grasses, making these meadows look diverse and colourful. Corresponding to the local conditions and the cultivating methods, there is an abundance of forms of the habitat. The numerous low-nutrient indicators are characteristic for lowland hay meadows. Additionally, one often finds endangered plant species.

 Situation and endangerment of the habitat in the project area

Lowland hay meadows occur nationwide on nutrient-low sites which are used respectively. The main transmission area is in the southwest of Luxembourg. The main impairment lies within the intensifying agriculture. Fertilisation, early and abundant cuts, high livestock density and drainage lead to the loss of the habitat. Another problem is caused by the loss of surface area through construction.

 Provisions within the project

Purchase of 30 ha. Extensification of the use and, if needed, renaturation of the meadows and resettlement of highly endangered plant species.