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LIFE-Natur-Projekt "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore"  LIFE-Natur-Projekt "Rosenheimer Stammbeckenmoore"
Management of litter meadows

Landkreis Rosenheim - LIFE-Nature Project

The usage of litter meadows is for farmers no longer profitable. Without the traditional autumn haymaking, wilderness would overwhelm and e.g. alder buchthorn (Faulbaum / Frangula alnus) and alder (Schwarzerle / Alnus glutinosa) gradually would gain the overhand. For this reason the government nature conservation department financially supports the cutting of litter meadows.
Run down litter meadows are being "recultivated" in cooperation with farm equipment rings and the sub department for nature conservation in the County of Rosenheim.
Special attention is made on the protection of meadow breeding bird species, especially for the threatend "Brachvogel" (Numenius arquata) and the "Bekassine" (Gallinago gallinago). Usually the nature conservation office wants to enrich bare agriculture land with shrubs and trees. This case is an exception: Because the meadow breeders require open areas without trees. The brush areas of the last decades get partly cleared down again.

Auerweidmoos - Luft / aerial

The bird view of the Auer Weidmoos shows how, during the past decades, Alder trees grew along the ditches. They restrict the habitats of the meadow breeding birds, especially for the Eurasian Curlew "Brachvogel" (Numenius arquata). This bird specimen fears nest robbers e.g. birds of prey and crows, that keep an eye on prey from the treetops. Regarding nature protection work, meadow breeding zones make an exception to the otherwise aim of planting shrubs and trees in cultural landscape - likewise in Auer Weismoos - in respect of habitat improvement, the high shrubs and trees have to be partly felled.

Mähgutverwertung / Utilizing hay

The hay harvest in the litter meadows, that is rendered annually in the fall, is almost worthless as far as feeding is concerned and is just used as litter for stalls. The resulting solid manure is then later used as fertilizer for pastures and hay meadows.


The best well known profiteer of the litter meadow maintenance is the Eurasian Curlew "Brachvogel (Numenius arquata)." It avoids thickets and early mowed meadows. Also disturbance from hikers and especially dogs, who run loose, are responsible for their, nation wide, reduction of this bussard-size, bird specimen.
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