Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)

The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Measure description

The measure ‘Cappel-Süder-Neufeld’ was realized as a compensation measure after national environmental law for the outer Weser deepening (chart datum -14 m) which was executed in 1998 and 1999. It was designed to compensate considerable impacts on vegetation, avifauna and aquatic fauna in the outer Weser estuary.
The 27 ha project area is located in the summer polder Cappel-Süder-Neufeld north of Dorumer Neufeld at the Wurster coast (Figure 2). Extensive use was established. As a result, the grazing density was decreased and mechanical activities during the breeding time of grassland birds were stopped.
In the northern part of the project area, ditch banks were flattened (Figure 3) and a small standing water body was deepened. In the south of the project area, the summer dike was partly removed and two small standing water bodies were created. The drainage sluice within the summer dike was rebuilt in order to allow a controlled salt water inflow to the ditch system. As a consequence, new habitats for mudflat fauna were developed.

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