Brandenburg

Preserving the habitat of the European Otter and Co. in Brandenburg

With its soft rolling hills, luxuriant beech and hornbeam woods, valleys with glinting lakes, streams and rivers, light falling through the branches of oak-pine woods, meadows, heathland and densely wooded gorges, Brandenburg captivates the visitor with the sheer variety of its precious natural landscapes. The many different forms have produced a wealth of habitats of widely different character offering a home to numerous endangered species such as the European Otter, White-tailed Eagle, Osprey, Kingfisher and Black stork.

Saved from privatisation

At the end of the 1990s these natural paradises were in serious danger. The Federal Government had planned the privatisation of large, ecologically valuable conservation areas which had remained state property in GDR times. Reacting to the numerous protests of nature conservation associations, in 2000 the Federal Government created the legal basis for these areas to become the property of the Länder and Nature Conservation Trusts.


EuroNatur declared its willingness to take over a total area of around 1000 hectares and in this way prevent the fragmentation and destruction of nature reserves so rich in species. In the main, these areas are east and south-east of Berlin in the „Märkische Schweiz“, „Dahme-Heideseen“ and „Schlaubetal“ Nature Parks. All three are veritable pearls for nature lovers.

To know more about these parks please click here.


>>> Read more about the EuroNatur projects for the protection of Brandenburg's natural heritage

 




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