Restoring the habitats of the Aquatic Warbler

Maintaining natural and semi-natural meadows and wetlands to ensure suitable nesting conditions for an endangered bird species: the Aquatic Warbler.

Project summary: 

The Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve is an important habitat for the Aquatic Warbler. The species is facing extinction due to an increase in abandoned farmland and the transformation of meadows into grazing land. As this was also the case at the reserve, an intervention was required to restore the bird’s preferred habitats. Support from the RDP was used to cut the grass and remove trees and shrubs from an area of 26.5 ha of natural and semi-natural meadows and extensively used wetlands.

Project results: 

The conditions on the reserve for the Aquatic Warbler improved.

In addition to the Aquatic Warbler, other protected species of birds settled in the territory, e.g. Common Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits and migrating Cranes.

The conditions became favourable for rare protected plant species.

During the project period, two jobs were created and after the project is completed, one permanent job will remain.