Planting floodplain forest in Havelland


Straightening of the Havel over many decades
Renaturation and restoration of oxbow lakes
Support for floodplain forest planting with 5,500 trees

The Lower Havel is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. For decades it has been straightened, dyked, wet meadows drained and side arms removed. This resulted in the loss of habitat for countless animal species. Nevertheless, it is still a unique fauna and flora in Central Europe with about 1,000 endangered and protected species.

Since 2005, NABU has been in charge of the largest river restoration project in Europe. Among other things, the Naturschutzbund Deutschland ensures the dismantling of stone bank reinforcements, the removal of dikes and the connection of oxbow lakes. In addition, floodplain areas and wetlands are secured and new floodplain forest is planted.

With a sum of 50,000 euros, the DSUS has made it possible to reforest five hectares of floodplain forest. 5,500 trees were planted along the "Salzhavel" meadows, on the Gülper Havel and on a foreshore south of Parey. Among them are about 3,500 willow species such as almond willow, purple willow, salt willow, ear willow and some black alders as well as fluttering elms, field elms, ash trees, hornbeams, English oaks and wild apple trees.

The measures will make previously inaccessible areas of the banks and water bodies habitable again for plants and animals. In addition, improved natural dynamics of the water will form various structures such as reed fringes, sandbanks, break-off edges and the like. The floodplains are regularly flooded again. The optimised conditions create important habitats so that many animal species return.