Management of the Yellow-bellied Toad (Bombina variegata) and other amphibians in dynamic habitats
Welcome to the home page of the LIFE BOVAR project of NABU Lower Saxony.
The LIFE project "Management of the yellow-bellied toad and other amphibian species of dynamic habitats" - in short: "LIFE BOVAR" - is a funding project of the European Union (EU) and is funded by the EU Environmental Programme with a focus on nature and biodiversity.
Here you will find all facts and background information as well as the latest news about this project.
New spawning grounds for endangered amphibians in the Salzhemmendorf quarry
NABU project LIFE BOVAR and Lhoist Germany Rheinkalk GmbH implement species conservation in Salzhemmendorf
The amphibian conservation project LIFE BOVAR of NABU Lower Saxony has started into its second season of measures. The first large-scale measure took place in Salzhemmendorf. In cooperation with Lhoist Germany Rheinkalk GmbH, numerous spawning waters for amphibians were optimised and newly created at the end of November. The midwife toad and the natterjack toad, which is also increasingly endangered, should benefit in particular from these measures. Read more ...
New life in the quarry -
First resettlement of the yellow-bellied toad in the Lohoffscher Bruch (district of Goettingen)
Tettenborn Colony. It's time. After the extensive measure in February, the first young yellow-bellied toads were able to move to their new home in the Lohoffsche Bruch, a quarry south of Bad Sachsa on 10 July 2019, in perfect weather. A total of 21 guests attended the resettlement in the former gypsum quarry, including LIFE BOVAR project and cooperation partners, representatives of the responsible authorities and local nature conservation associations as well as interested citizens.
The Life BOVAR project is picking up steam in the Limburg and Aachen project regions, too: A good year after the start of the project, the project partners from Aachen (NRW) and South Limburg (NL) met for a joint cross-border working group meeting.
Hildesheim. On 28 May, the second EU monitoring of the LIFE-project BOVAR took place in the premises of the district of Hildesheim. The monitoring is review by the EU, in which the content and administrative course of the project is checked. A representative of the EU monitoring team NEEMO and a total of 19 participants from all LIFE BOVAR project partners were present.
Soest, April 3, 2019.
As part of the LIFE BOVAR project, ABU e.V. was able to implement the first measures to optimise the habitat for the Yellow-bellied Toad in the three project areas in the Soest district in the winter half-year 2018/19. Read more ...
Aachen, January 23, 2019.
Dr. Manfred Aletsee, Managing Director of the NABU Nature Conservation Station, Klaus Meiners, Head of the Lower Nature Conservation Authority Aachen and Christian Höppner from the project management organisation NABU Lower Saxony welcomed the 20 participants to the premises of the Lower Nature Conservation Authority of the City of Aachen.
Start of measures in the amphibian protection project LIFE BOVAR of NABU Lower Saxony
Hanover, Rinteln, Goslar.
NABU Niedersachsen is currently carrying out species protection measures with heavy equipment in a quarry near Goslar. As part of the LIFE BOVAR amphibian conservation project, spawning waters are being created for the rare midwife toad, funded by the Lower Saxony Bingo Environmental Foundation. In addition, measures have already been carried out in the districts of Holzminden and Hildesheim - further measures are planned in the district of Göttingen. Read more ...
University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck joins an excursion within the NABU project LIFE BOVAR
NABU Lower Saxony and the Schaumburg district accompany seminar and excursion on the Bückeberg
Stadthagen, November 2018.
A total of 40 students from the Landscape Development course at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck took part in a seminar and excursion as part of the Landscape Management module as part of the LIFE BOVAR project of NABU Lower Saxony. The aim was to gain an insight into the practical activities of the EU LIFE project.
At the beginning of October the first meeting of the regional project accompanying working group (PAG) took place in the district of Soest within the framework of LIFE BOVAR. The ABU Biological Station Soest welcomed a total of 12 participants. ABU is project partner in the LIFE BOVAR project and implements measures to protect and preserve the yellow-bellied toad in three project areas in Soest County. Read more ...
Caring fathers need support
NABU LIFE project investigates the populations of the midwife toad in project areas in south-east Lower Saxony
Rinteln, Goslar, Hanover. Within the framework of the LIFE BOVAR amphibian conservation project, NABU Lower Saxony has carried out a monitoring of the midwife toad in the project region of South-East Lower Saxony in spring and summer 2018. As a rule, caller groups of the nocturnal, secretly living amphibian species are counted and evidence of successful reproduction is documented. Read more ...
Regional project working group meets in Holzminden
On September 11, the first meeting of the regional working group accompanying the LIFE BOVAR project took place in the Holzminden district hall. A total of 41 people took part in the event. Besides project and cooperation partners, co-financiers as well as representatives from forestry and responsible authorities, many volunteers of the NABU groups from the southern Lower Saxony project region were represented. The focus of the event was on the professional exchange about the project. Read more ...
Visit to the project partner Stichting IKL in the Netherlands
Project team informs itself about the construction of amphibian waters
On 21 August, the LIFE BOVAR project team of NABU Lower Saxony visited the project partners of Stichting IKL in Limburg, the Netherlands, as part of a company outing.
The main focus was on visiting so-called "basic biotopes" and concrete waters for amphibians. These waters will be created by the IKL especially for the species yellow-bellied toad and midwife toad, which are two of the four target species in the LIFE BOVAR project. Read more ...
LIFE BOVAR: Cross-border networking
Thuringia amphibian experts and NABU Lower Saxony network for Yellow-bellied Toad & Co.
On 23 July, a joint meeting took place between the amphibian conservation project LIFE BOVAR of NABU Lower Saxony and amphibian experts near Rüdigsdorf (Thuringia). Read more ...
Exchange of experience on amphibian conservation
3 July 2018 - Representatives of various LIFE projects from Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia met in Stadthagen for a network meeting. The host was the newly launched "LIFE BOVAR" project of NABU Lower Saxony. This project is dedicated to the protection of the yellow-bellied toad, midwife toad, natterjack toad and crested newt in 35 project areas in Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and the Dutch province of Limburg. Read more ...
Excursion to yellow-bellied toad waters in the Segelhorst quarry
On Saturday, 30 June 2018, as part of the new LIFE project BOVAR - "Management of the Yellow-bellied Toad and Other Amphibian Species of Dynamic Habitats" of NABU Lower Saxony, an excursion on the subject of "Construction and Conservation Measures of Temporary Raw Soil Waters for the Yellow-bellied toad" was held in the Segelhorst quarry in cooperation with natour.NAH-Zentrum and Norddeutsche Naturstein GmbH (NNG). Read more ...
Project start in North Rhine-Westphalia
EU-LIFE project on amphibian conservation
On 18 July, the festive, NRW-wide kick-off event of the internationally active EU large-scale project "LIFE BOVAR" took place in the district of Soest. Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser gave the official "starting signal" for the project in NRW. "I am delighted to be launching such a project for North Rhine-Westphalia," said Environment Minister Heinen-Esser. Read more ...
LIFE BOVAR amphibian conservation project launched
Project start in Lower Saxony
On 12 June, the kick-off event of the major international EU project "LIFE BOVAR", in the trusteeship of NABU Lower Saxony, took place. Environment Minister Lies gave the official "starting signal" at the event in the Bernsen quarry in the Schaumburg district. Since the beginning of March 2018, NABU Lower Saxony - together with its project and cooperation partners - has dedicated itself to the "management of the yellow-bellied toad and other endangered amphibian species of dynamic habitats" in the internationally active species protection project with the short title "LIFE BOVAR". Read more ...