Wildflower strips and diversity in Ennstal meadows

The progressive intensification of pasture management leaves little space for plant diversity, insects and meadow birds. The Ennstal region, with its Natura 2000 sites, is characterised by a high biodiversity with valuable habitats, which are now severely threatened by the intensified management of meadows. The aim of the project "Meadowstrips and diversity for the Ennstal" is to promote the preservation of the diversity and the existing protected species of the Natura 2000 site "Ennstal between Liezen and Niederstuttern". The protected species include meadow birds such as the red-backed shrike, marsh harrier and corncrake. The implementation of conservation measures is also necessary for other increasingly rare species such as the whinchat and quail. Meadow birds need insects as a source of food, but also refuges and safe breeding sites. The first steps towards the optimisiation of habitats are to be implemented within the framework of this project. Meadowstrips and other landscape elements, such as bushes, will create habitats for insects and thus food for birds. In close cooperation with farmers, these measures will be implemented on a voluntary basis. An ornithological monitoring of the project areas will serve as a basis and scientific accompaniment. In addition, the Styrian Nature Conservation Association, Ennstal - Ausseerland District Office, is cooperating with the HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein and the Liezen District Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry and the Nature conservation Academy. A large part of the responsibility for the management of the meadows lies with the farmers. It is the aim of this project to create a coexistence of agriculture and nature conservation in the grassland of the Ennstal region. 

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