LIFE-Aurinia - Reestablishment of the Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

LIFE09 NAT/DE/000010

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Contact details:

Contact person: Hauke DREWS
Tel: +49 431 210 90 90
Fax: +49 431 210 90 99
Email: project@sn-sh.de

Project description:


The Marsh fritillary butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia) was last observed in Schleswig-Holstein in 1991. The decline and eventual extinction of the species in the region was caused by a range of factors including intensification of land use, draining of bogs, and overgrowth of tall grass, scrub and brambles on military sites following the replacement of tanks by wheeled vehicles.


The overall objective of LIFE+ Aurinia project is to reactivate habitats of the marsh fritillary in the last two known sites of the species (Nordoe and Jardelunder Moor). At similar good sites (e.g. the military training field Lütjenholm and Geltinger Birk) the project will try to improve the necessary habitats of the target species: mat grasslands, wet grasslands, heathlands and dry grasslands. At the remaining proposed project sites it may be possible to reintroduce the species in approximately 20 years when conservation actions have enabled the reactivation of the necessary vegetation. The condition of the sites varies according to the demands of the species, and therefore different actions are planned. The IUCN criteria for reestablishment of species were checked and influenced the planning process of the proposal.

Expected results:

  • Reintroduction of the marsh fritillary at the four most-improved of the eight project sites;
  • Establishment of eight sub-populations of 100 individuals each at these four sites;
  • Improvement or reintroduction of relevant habitat types through the following actions: conversion of 16 ha of spruce plantations; improvement of 40 ha of former agricultural areas into species-rich grasslands by hay/seed transfer and planting target plants (80 000 individuals); introduction of grazing on an area of 110 ha;
  • Introduction of new conservation measures to Schleswig-Holstein: fire management; improvement of grassland by hay transfer; and large-scale rearing and planting of rare plants;
  • Involvement of military and military-site managers and the establishment of co-operation for a more conservation-oriented site management.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Freshwater


grassland ecosystem

Target species

 Euphydryas aurinia     

Natura 2000 sites

SCI DE1320302 Lütjenholmer und Bargumer Heide
SCI DE2123301 Binnendünen Nordoe
SPA DE1123491 Flensburger Förde
SPA DE2031401 Traveförde
SCI DE1121391 NSG Fröslev-Jardelunder Moor
SCI DE1222301 Stiftungsflächen Schäferhaus
SCI DE1322391 Treene Winderatter See bis Friedrichstadt und Bollingstedter Au
SCI DE1322392 Wald-, Moor- und Heidelandschaft der Fröruper Berge und Umgebung
SCI DE2031303 NSG Dummersdorfer Ufer
SCI DE1123393 Küstenbereiche Flensburger Förde von Flensburg bis Geltinger Birk



Coordinator Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein is a regional NGO-foundation that aims to preserve biotopes and habitats. It also establishes recreation sites for nature tourism and is involved in research on large-scale grazing projects.
Partners None


Project reference LIFE09 NAT/DE/000010
Duration 01-SEP-2010 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 3,298,259.00 €
EU contribution 1,649,129.00 €
Project location Schleswig-Holstein(Deutschland)


Read more:

Leaflet LIFE-Aurinia: Die Rückkehr des Goldenen Scheckenfa ...
Project web site Project's website
Slides Presentation "Ziegen im Offenlandmanagement der Stiftung Naturs ...


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