Water meadow

by Isabell Rudolph

Ph.D. student

University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau

Meadow irrigation is a traditional land use strategy which was developed in the early medieval for soil improvement and pest control. Regular irrigation events and the accompanying extensive management of the meadows created outstanding habitats for rare species. Originally this agricultural strategy was widespread all over Europe but remained only in a few regions today due to the ongoing intensification of agriculture. It is time to notice the value of traditional land use practices again.

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