black-tailed godwit 

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07.03.17

Die Uferschnepfen sind zurück inder Hetter

Nachdem es in den letzten Wochen reichlich geregnet hatte, präsentieren sich die Flächen in der Hetter pünktlich zur Ankunft der Vögel wunderbar feucht. Einige Ornithologen hatte die Tiere schon... read more >>>

The black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa)

black-tailed godwite (Foto: H. Glader, BioStation Kr. Wesel)
flat lands in the "Großer Hetterbogen" (Foto: D. Doer, NABU-Naturschutzstation; April 2006)
flying black-tailed godwite (Foto: H. Glader, BioStation Kr. Wesel)

According to ornithologists, there were still 180 breeding pairs of the Limosa limosa in the 1970s. After severe reductions in its population, the number of breeding pairs stabilised at about 40 pairs thanks to nature conservation measures. In Germany, the “Hetter” conservation area is now more than ever the most important area for the Limosa limosa, more than 10% of the population in North-Rhine Westphalia is breeding there. The Limosa limosa has been chosen to be the LIFE+ Project´s management indicator specy in the “Hetter”, as it demands high standards of its wet meadows habitat. Adult birds need wet soil to search for worms, insects and larvae with the help of their long beaks. Juvenile birds are not fed and, during their first weeks of life, depend on insects, which they find in blossom-filled meadows and grassland. Numerous animal and plant species benefit from protective measures for the Limosa limosa as well.