lifeSandrasen: English project summary

English project summary

Brandenburg is one of the European core areas regarding the geographical distribution of xeric sand calcareous grasslands. Nevertheless, they are among the most endangered habitat types in Brandenburg. A number of important occurrences and areas of development of xeric sand calcareous grasslands are located in the area Dahme-Seengebiet within the administrative districts of Dahme- Spreewald and Oder-Spree.

This project aims to protect and restore areas where xeric sand calcareous grasslands of different quality occur or can be developed. The project mainly aims to support structures of land use, which allow a sufficient, nature-conservation compliant use and tendance of dry grassland habitats and supports the connection of dry grassland habitat systems. Furthermore, the project pursues an integrative approach that also allows stabilizing and developing other habitat types within the project areas. 

In summary the project pursues the following goals:

  • Preservation and stabilization of existing xeric sand calcareous grasslands
  • Restoration and development of different occurrences of xeric sand calcareous grasslands in adequate areas
  • Establishment and testing of land use that is suitable for long term conservation of xeric sand calcareous grasslands
  • Establishment of suitable structures for management and maintenance of project areas in cooperation with regional land users and farmers
  • Securing ownership of very important and endangered occurrences of dry grasslands to protect them from changes in land use
  • Stabilizing the water balance in lakes and wetland habitats  that accompany the xeric sand grasslands.

Project actions will be implemented in 20 NATURA 2000 areas. The overall area of those NATURA-2000 areas encompasses approx. 7.100 ha. Alltogether project activities are planned to take place on an area of about 241 ha. Xeric sand calcareous grasslands can probably be restored on an area of about 100 ha.

Das Projekt Sandrasen

In einem gemeinsamen EU-LIFE-Projekt widmen sich die Stiftung Naturschutzfonds Brandenburg und der Naturpark Dahme-Heideseen von 2013 bis 2019 den europaweit stark gefährdeten Sandtrockenrasen.

Dr. Holger Rößling (Projektleiter)
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Gunnar Heyne (Naturparkverwaltung)
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