Land restoration

Peat extraction

Of the approx. 321,250 hill moors in Germany, only 8% are intact hill moors. Intact hill moors in Germany are left untouched as these are under conservation. Peat extraction areas usually originate from agricultural use and have therefore laid dry for a long time. In Germany peat extraction only occurs on an area of 12,000 ha which corresponds to 4% of the hill moor area and under 1% of the total hill and low moor areas. Peat extraction is also not permitted on low moors.

HAWITA helps with land restoration

The HAWITA Group provides financial and practical help in land restoration. Drainage ditches are, for example, created to ensure that rain water remains on the land. Vegetation after peat extraction begins with areas of raised and quaking bog. Narrow-leaved cotton grass and peat moss, in particular, are the first plants to take root on restored areas. In addition, rehydrated sites are also ideal places for birds to rest.

Unique research project

The HAWITA Group is currently taking part in the restoration of a hill moor in the Diepholz district (Lower Saxony). This involves a research project in association with the Naturschutzring Dümmer (a nature conservation group) and the district administration in which practice orientated guidelines for action for moor restoration are developed to also improve the living conditions of the breeding and resting birds here. The German Federal Environment Foundation has funded the project with 95,000 euros.

HAWITA partner Simon Tabeling is aware of his responsibility: “We have only borrowed nature’s precious treasures,” he emphasised. “We would like to make a contribution to ensuring that moorland can be restored as well as possible in the future.”