- protected species
The violet copper butterfly has unfavourable to poor conservation status in Germany. Populations in low mountain ranges are threatened by climate change, habitat loss and low abundance of food, amongst others. Similar problems affect the marsh fritillary, which is in danger of extinction in North Rhine-Westphalia. The non-profit leading this project will seek to stabilise and improve violet copper populations in the Northern Eifel and to re-establish the marsh fritillary. To that end, it will create, enlarge and optimise habitats. It will also connect existing populations and reintroduce important, rare or endangered habitat-typical plant species. The work is expected to have a positive impact on neighbouring populations in Belgium, while the bog fritillary and two severely endangered bird species, the meadow pipit and the whinchat, will also benefit.