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Untouched nature

Our farm is situated in Kuhlhausen, a small village which is part of the hanseatic town of Havelberg in the North of Sachsen-Anhalt near the junction of the rivers Elbe and Havel. This area, called Elbe-Havel-Winkel, is subject to conservation status due to its importance as a breeding area, stopover site and wintering ground for waders and waterfowl.

In 1978 the area between the river Havel and the dikes on both sides between Hohennauen and Havelberg, in the federal states of Sachsen-Anhalt and Brandenburg, has been appointed as the RAMSAR area “Untere Havel”. The area situated in Sachsen-Anhalt is also appointed as Important Bird Area (IBA) and as EU bird reserve. As a EU bird reserve the area is also subject to the EU Habitats Directive.

As the area is a habitat for a lot of animals and plants typical for meadows and a stopover site for migrating birds like goose, cranes, swans, charadriiformes and ducks, the Haveldeichvorland is of great significance. The landscape is very diversified: extensively used grassland alternates with wet meadows, waterside vegetation, reed, carex, oxbow lakes, muddy areas and shrubberies.

A lot of endangered bird species like osprey and back stork can be found in the area.

The lower Havel lowlands in Sachsen-Anhalt are part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Flusslandschaft Elbe”. This biosphere reserve covers parts of Sachsen-Anhalt, Niedersachsen, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein. It's aim is to preserve the meadowy countryside of the river Elbe, which has been influenced by humans for centuries and is still characterised by its biodiversity.

The nature preserve “Untere Havel” consists of about 287,3km² and covers the whole area of the former administrative district of Havelberg. It comprises of the riverscapes of the rivers Elbe and Havel, the northern part of Klietzer Hochfläche, the Kamernschen and Rehberger Berge, the push moraine of Ländchen Schollene and the moraine landscape north of Havelberg. The weak-in-earnings and exposed areas of the moraine landscapes and the Kamernschen and Rehberger Berge are overgrown with pine trees, deciduous trees are rare, and form very nice recreational areas.

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