Diemarden Demonstration Site (Germany)The Diemarden Demonstration Site is 500 hectares and is situated at the southern border of the university town Göttingen.
The landscape is hilly and about one third of the district of Göttingen is forested. There are several farmers who either rent or own fields in the area and the most common crops are wheat, rape, sugar beet, maize. There are some hilly areas which are less valuable for agriculture, with fallow land, hedgerows and pastures which are not used intensively.
In 2004 the Conservation Biology department at the University of Göttingen and the NGO, Biologische Schutzgemeinschaft e.V., started a large-scale partridge conservation project across the whole district of Göttingen (about 1.000 km²), by optimising the agri-environment scheme flower strips for partridges.
The project demonstration site was part of this study and since 2006 partridge counts have been held and radio tagging of the birds was started in 2009. To improve the quality of the habitat, flower strips were introduced in 2005.
During spring counts we regularly register 40-60 calling cocks in the Diemarden area. The population is quite stable, compared to the rest of Lower Saxony, which halved during our research. We want to increase the population size by 30%, mostly by introducing new breeding habitat such as flower strips.
For further details, please contact:
Dr. Eckhard Gottschalk (Georg-August-University of Göttingen)
Phone: +49 551 395637
Useful links: www.rebhuhnschutzprojekt.de