Abandoned military bases will soon be reclaimed by nature, in a move that will see the country’s protected areas for wildlife increase by 25%. In total, 76,600 acres of forests, meadows, marshland and moorland will provide new habitats for a wide variety of creatures, further underlining Germany’s laudable environmental credentials and openness to rewilding initiatives. Birds such as the Lesser Spotted Eagle and Middle Spotted Woodpecker are expected to flourish in the new sites, along with threatened species of bats and beetles.
The Oder Delta, which straddles the border between Germany and Poland, is the latest habitat to form part of Rewilding Europe’s ambitious plan to rewild one million hectares of land by 2022 over ten designated regions. The area, which is comprised mainly of lagoons and wetlands, is home to the greatest density of White-tailed Eagles in Europe. Other key species of the delta include: Beaver, Bison, Wolf, Moose, Atlantic Sturgeon and Grey Seal. Large areas of land have been set aside for natural restoration and the species seem to be thriving.
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Following a number of sightings since 2012, researchers have now gathered enough D.N.A – based evidence to officially confirm their permanent existence in Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. However the news is tempered by the fact that no firm proof of breeding females or pups has been found, so the sustainability of the current group is in doubt. It is thought a small number of male wolves travelled over the German border in search of new territories: their existence back in Germany is also relatively recent, with a first sighting back in 1996. They are thought to have spread from Poland and now number over 150. Centuries ago, wolves were widespread across the whole of Europe, before farming viewed them as a threat to their livestock and dramatically reduced their numbers, along with industrialisation and deforestation.