The hinterland of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen, strongly characterised by its waterways, has a natural and cultivated countryside which few other major cities can offer. The river lowlands with their wetland meadows represent a diverse landscape of natural as well as historically cultural interest.
The typically open marsh landscape has developed as a result of hundreds of years of human management. Flooding and drainage with an extensive network of ditches have transformed the swampy countryside into usable wet grassland.
The low-lying countryside offers a varied habitats for a wide range of animals, birds and plants, including 722 endangered species and 114 species of trans-regional importance. Almost nowhere else in Northern Germany has the characteristic biodiversity of open water meadows been preserved as it has here.
Excellent examples are the Corncrake Crex crex, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Shoveler Anas clypeata, Marsh Frog Rana ridibunda, Marsh Lousewort Pedicularis palustris and Water Soldier Stratiotes aloides.
An exceptionally rich and outstanding natural world lies on Bremen’s doorstep.
Federation of German Avifaunists (Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. - DDA)
The Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. (DDA) is an umbrella organisation for all German avifaunists. The website contains a wealth of information about the DDA and its monitoring programmes. Here you will find advice and information on bird registration and recording projects, some initial results and completed publications, details of competent local contacts or up to date avifaunistic information and schedules.
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Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bremen im Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND)
The Bremen ornithological working group organised in the federal BUND nature organisation. Members systematically collect and collate observation data in an index and data bank to support practical conservation work. In addition they take part in annual of breeding bird mapping projects and the International Waterbird Census… Joachim Seitz, Am Dobben 44, 28203 Bremen
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