Amalvas and Žuvintas Wetlands under restoration2009-05-15
The Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve is launching a new project, Restoring Hydrology in Amalvas and Žuvintas Wetlands, funded under the European Union LIFE+ financial instrument. Work has already begun to restore the Amalvas Wetland. The project involves maintenance of a Natura 2000 site that is significant for the conservation of natural habitats and bird species.
According to Arūnas Pranaitis, director of the Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve, the Soviet period saw drainage of 350 ha of a raised bog, while the surrounding low-lying marshland was converted into meadows and arable land. Such changes were disastrous for the natural values of the wetland and
According to Rūta Baškytė, now attempts are being made to restore the Amalvas raised bog to the maximum, which involves restoration of the characteristic flora and hydrology. The damming of the land reclamation canals is expected to conserve the open meadow habitats that surround the wetland. The winter polder and the locks on
Arūnas Pranaitis, director of the Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve, is convinced that implementation of the project will restore the cranberry areas and black grouse lekking sites, and will bring back spotted crake and corncrake to the meadows.Wetland restoration work is to be completed by 2012.
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15 May 2009