Project activities

Cutting and removing shrubs of low value

LIFE+ is European Union's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects. Programme consists of three elements: Nature  and Biodiversity, Environment Policy and Governance, Information and Communication. This project belongs to Nature and Biodiversity direction. Using this three components European Union supports best practice or demonstration projects to implement birds and habitats directives furthermore creating Natura 2000 network. Project sites belongs to this network and contributes to the implementation of directives.

Two regional parks are implementing the project in Lithuania. Altogether, three degrading territories will be restored: Vijurkai grasslands and Dubysa river's valley, near Bazilionai in Kurtuvenai regional park, Šaukliai boulders place in Salantai regional park.

All three territories belong to European interest protected territories network "Natura 2000". So project's activities directly contribute to natural habitats preservation which belongs to "Natura 2000" network. The main aim of the project is not only to restore natural habitats favorable status and save from extinction, but also to ensure long-term habitat favorable status and stability. Grazing animals was chosen to ensure long-term good condition of habitats. Different types of animals were chosen to graze, because there are various environmental conditions in three project territories. It was decided to graze winter resistant cattle herd in Kurtuvėnai regional park territories and mouflon herd in Šaukliai boulders place in Salantai Regional Park.

During 2012-2016 years Kurtuvenai regional park administration and project partners are implementing a project which main aim is to restore favorable status to European interest habitats by mowing, cutting down low value vegetation and applying extensive pasturage in project territories. In such a way long-term habitat stability will be ensured.

The project is partly funded by the EU programme LIFE +  and Lithuanian Ministry of Environment.

Updated: 2015.05.05