Kalkmoore Brandenburgs - Preservation and restoration of base-rich to alkaline fens (”brown moss fens”, NATURA 2000 habitat type 7230) in Brandenburg

LIFE08 NAT/D/000003

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Holger RÖßLING
Tel: +49 331 97164 700
Fax: +49 331 97164 770
Email: presse@naturschutzfonds.de

Project description:


Brown moss fens were once common in Brandenburg, however, near-natural base-rich or calcareous percolation mires and spring mires have now virtually vanished because of drainage. Only three near-natural base-rich fens of lacustrine origin (terrestrialisation mires) still exist. Furthermore, there are many moderately degraded fens that are in need of restoration.


The project will help to stop the rapid loss of “base-rich to alkaline fens” (brown moss fens) in the German federal state of Brandenburg and contribute to the restoration, development and improvement of near-natural lowland-brown moss fens. Alkaline fens appear in all 14 project sites, covering two SPAs and 12 SCIs. The project will develop, restore and extend the largest viable brown moss fen surface areas in Brandenburg The ongoing loss of habitat area will be stopped, and hopefully reversed. Public awareness-raising about fen conservation measures will feature prominently during the project.

Expected results:

  • Restoration of suitable conditions for the regeneration of tree-less alkaline fens at locations with degraded percolation, as well as on spring mire sites with a good restoration potential;
  • Establishment of management practises to stabilise residual alkaline fens of lacustrine origin;
  • Reintroduction of the natural vegetation structure and diversity of alkaline fens on disturbed sites;
  • Conservation and improvement of Natura 2000-habitat types (bogs and wet forest) that are connected to brown moss fens;
  • Population stabilisation or re-introduction of threatened or locally extinct plant species that are typical of alkaline fens in Brandenburg;
  • Reduction of the decomposition of peat through by water-logging; and
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the restoration methods used.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Freshwater


biodiversity‚  restoration measure

Target Habitat types

  • 7230 - Alkaline fens

Natura 2000 sites

SPA DE2948401 Schorfheide-Chorin
SPA DE3450401 Märkische Schweiz
SCI DE2844303 Gramzow-Seen
SCI DE2947302 Bollwinwiesen/Großer Gollinsee
SCI DE3346302 Eichwerder Moorwiesen
SCI DE3349302 Fängersee und unterer Gamengrund
SCI DE3448301 Langes Elsenfließ und Wegendorfer Mühlenfließ
SCI DE3450302 Ruhlsdorfer Bruch
SCI DE3549303 Maxsee
SCI DE3747304 Pätzer Hintersee
SCI DE3847301 Löptener Fenne-Wustrickwiesen
SCI DE3847302 Mühlenfließ-Sägebach
SCI DE3847304 Töpchiner Seen
SCI DE3847311 Mühlenfließ-Sägebach Ergänzung
SCI DE3849303 Kienheide



Coordinator Stiftung NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The foundation "NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg" is a non-profit organisation focusing on the following activities: - implement and promote actions for the conservation, protection and management of nature and landscapes; - set-up of pool of sites and measures to be used for the German compensation system "Eingriffsregelung"; - purchase and lease of lands for the purpose of nature conservation, and provide support to similar action by other organisations; - promote research und demonstration actions for nature conservation and landscape management.
Partners Michael-Succow-Stiftung zum Schutz der Natur, Germany Stiftung Europäisches Naturerbe, Germany NABU-Stiftung Nationales Naturerbe, Germany NABU-Regionalverband Strausberg / Märkische Schweiz, Germany Landesumweltamt Brandenburg, Germany


Project reference LIFE08 NAT/D/000003
Duration 01-JAN-2010 to 30-JUN -2015
Total budget 6,399,880.00 €
EU contribution 3,199,940.00 €
Project location Brandenburg(Deutschland)


Read more:

Project web site Project's website
Video link "Lilly im Land der Moore"
Video link "Lilly in the Land of Mires"


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