European Stork Village 1996 - Rühstädt (Germany)
Rühstädt with its 600 inhabitants is situated in the Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve of Brandenburg, which was established in 1998. The reserve's 375,000 hectares extend across five of Germany's states and along 400 km of rivers. The head offices of the protected area are in Rühstädt. The protected area of the river Elbe's floodplain offers a wide range of feeding opportunities and is the region with the strongest population of storks in Germany. In 1996 147 pairs of storks with 306 young were counted in the former district of Perleberg (now Prignitz).
Nests on: stone houses
Stork festival: late July
Support measures: artificial nests, rewilding
Further details: head office of the biosphere reserve, parish stork club, nest information panels, information centre
Partners: Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve (Brandenburg)