LIFE Forests-waterworlds - Ville Forests

LIFE13 NAT/DE/000147

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Thomas DECKERT
Fax: 00492243921685
Email: Thomas.Deckert@wald-und-holz.nrw.de

Project description:


Large proportions of Germany’s oak or oak-hornbeam forests of the Carpinion betuli habitat are found in North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). This project covers one of the two main sites of this habitat type in NRW. Due to the large extension of this habitat type, the project site is of national and European value.

Changes in natural hydrology patterns remain a key threat for this forest type. Therefore, it is of crucial importance to optimise the site’s hydrology through a closure of drainage ditches and raising of the water level. Such measures should also help to stabilise populations of several endangered amphibian species.


The project’s main objective centres on conserving and developing oak-hornbeam forests, beech forests and lowland hay meadows in the targeted areas. The project also seeks to preserve and support woodland bird species (black, middle spotted and grey-headed woodpeckers) through the protection of dead wood and the management of suitable areas. The improvement of valuable water and wet habitats in the areas is also planned, in order to preserve and support the existing populations of warty newt, midwife toad and agile frog.

Expected results: Expected results from the project include the following:

  • Protection and restoration of the natural water balance in the targeted areas via controls on drainage ditches covering 350 ha. This will improve the conservation status of oak-hornbeam forests;
  • Ecological succession is supported on 34 ha of Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests, eight ha of Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests, and 96 ha of oak-hornbeam forests. This will improve the connectivity between existing forests habitats;
  • Introduction of coppice structures in combination with permanent protection and management of dead wood In 39 ha of oak-hornbeam forests. This will lead to an improved conservation status of woodpeckers;
  • Acquisition of 123 private parcels of land (46 ha) with beech forests and oak hornbeam forest habitats;
  • Restoration and connectivity of 20 patches of Nardus grasslands, Molinia meadows and Lowland hay meadows (7.5 ha); and
  • Restoration and connectivity of 25 spawning basins in order to benefit targeted amphibians (warty newt, midwife toad and agile frog).



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Forests


forest ecosystem‚  protected area‚  nature conservation

Target species

 Ablepharus kitaibelii   Alytes obstetricans   Dendrocopos medius   Dryocopus martius   Picus canus   Rana dalmatina   Triturus cristatus     

Target Habitat types

  • 3150 - Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition - type vegetation
  • 6230 - "Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)"
  • 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)"
  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 9110 - Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests
  • 9130 - Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests
  • 9160 - Sub-Atlantic and medio-European oak or oak-hornbeam forests of the Carpinion betuli

Natura 2000 sites

SCI DE5207301 Waldville
SCI DE5207303 Altwald Ville
SCI DE5207304 Villewälder bei Bornheim
SPA DE5308401 Vogelschutzgebiet Kottenforst-Waldville
SCI DE5308303 Waldreservat Kottenforst



Coordinator Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Regionalforstamt Rhein-Sieg-Erft
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description The public sector beneficiary, Regionalforstamt Rhein-Sieg-Erft, is a regional institution responsible for public forest management in the Rhein-Sieg-Erft region. It manages 60 000 ha of forests.
Partners BioStatBN(Biologische Station Bonn / Rhein-Erft e.V.), Germany


Project reference LIFE13 NAT/DE/000147
Duration 01-JUL-2014 to 30-JUN -2019
Total budget 3,298,299.00 €
EU contribution 1,649,149.00 €
Project location Nordrhein-Westfalen(Deutschland)


Read more:

Leaflet "Ville Forests: LIFE Forests-waterworlds"
Leaflet "Villewälder: Wald- und Wasserwelten"
Project web site Project's website


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