In November 2006, with the support of many sponsors, we were able to buy a wetland area in the Eifel, with the aim of preserving it indefinitely. Many rare species, such as the endangered Agile frog, the Alpine newt and the Red-backed Shrike, now have a protected habitat to live in. Many thanks to all supporters!
Start: July 2006
End: December 2006
The meadow lies in the Sahrbach valley in the Eifel
The rare spring frog but also many other species such as the grass frog, Alpine newt, red-backed shrike and kingfishers now have a safe habitat here.
In the species-rich biotopes you can find honey grass, forest ledges, angelica, rattle pot and light cloves.
Wetlands provide biotopes for innumerable plant and animal species. Grasses, reeds, sedges and many types of wild flower can be found here, as well as many rare varieties of newts, toads and birds, such as the colorful Kingfisher.
Most importantly, with the purchase of this meadow and marsh area we were able to protect the habitat of the endangered Agile frog.
The Agile frog has only a few areas of habitat and these lie far apart. Very early in Spring, sometimes as early as February, the Agile frog begins its journey to the breeding grounds.
This frog, who for most of the time lives in a warm and dry area, must find a damp, swampy area with open water, in order to spawn its eggs.
To reach this area, the Agile frog must cross busy roads and motorways and the ever-increasing car and lorry traffic causes many of these journeys to end in death. Thus the Agile frog has been put on the red alert list of endangered species.
The local BUND in Ahrweiler will manage this project. A pond will be created so that the frogs, salamanders and newts who live here, do not have to cross potentially deadly roads in order to reach their breeding grounds.he Wetland Area
The wetland is located in the Sahrbach valley in the Eifel, a mountainous area between the Rhine and Mosel rivers.
2,662 square metres
The Agile frog, Grass frog, Alpine newt, Red-backed Schrike and Kingfisher;
Forest sill, Angelica, Yellow Rattle and Wild Carnations;
The purchase of this marsh and meadowland and the creation of a pond ensures the survival of many species.
The BUND Rhineland-Palatinate will take over the ownership of this area in the future, with the local branch in Ahrweiler managing and taking care of the area.