Our projects on the ground

BirdLife’s European and Central Asian Partners run projects on the ground that aim to protect biodiversity. These projects are quite diverse: certain projects have pure conservation objectives, such as site management and site rehabilitation projects. Other projects focus on the protection of a specific bird or animal species. Some projects also have information and awareness raising or educative goals, with the purpose of relinking people with nature. The projects are normally developed by a single BirdLife Partner and sometimes by a group of BirdLife Partners, together with external organisations and corporations.

Below, you find three examples of projects led by BirdLife Partners:


Germany: re-introducing traditional animals

Traditional cattle and horse breeds help maintain the open grassland around the limestone quarry of Gerhausen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Owned by HeidelbergCement AG and Blautal Agriculture and Forestry Ltd, these animals are present at the quarry all year round. Grazing maintains suitable conditions for a large number of threatened plant and animal species. The project is supported by NABU (BirdLife in Germany).


United Kingdom: largest reedbed created

At the Needingworth quarry, one of the biggest sand and gravel extraction sites in the UK, mineral extraction is planned for the next 30 years. Ecological restoration is already underway and Needingworth will become the UK’s largest reedbed priority habitat found in flood plains. Along with open mires, wet scrub and grassland, a nature reserve of 700 ha is planned. The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) has teamed up with Hanson, the UK subsidiary of HeidelbergCement to complete this project.


Czech Republic: terns given new breeding opportunities

Formerly numerous in Central Europe, Common Tern, has lost nearly all of its breeding habitats due to the modification of rivers. Thanks to the provision of specially designed concrete floating islands in their sand pits, the Moravian Ornithological Society (a branch of the Czech Society for Ornithology, BirdLife in the Czech Republic) in partnership with Ceskomoravský šte rk, have managed to secure a growing population of Common Terns in Moravia. Thanks to these manmade islands, Common Tern can continue to live in this region of Moravia.

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