Lack of, or abandonment of management has resulted in a loss of conservation status for wooded pastures and meadow habitats (9070, 6530*) as well other outstanding and rare deciduous forest habitats, such as 9160, 9020 and 9190 and their associated species. Changes in the landscape have also led to habitat fragmentation, creating gaps in suitable habitat in both time and space. This fragmentation has resulted in local declines or extinctions of associated species, such as Osmoderma eremita Cerambyx cerdo Lucanus cervus and Anthrenochernes stellae.
As well as working to bridge gaps in habitats both in time and space, this project also sees a need to bridge gaps in knowledge, where we need to transfer and share knowledge regarding the management of these habitats and species across Europe.
The objectives of the project are as follows:
1) Initiate the recovery process to favourable conservation status in 1405 ha of the following Annex I habitats: 9070, 6530*, 9160, 9020 and 9190.
2) Initiate the recovery process to favourable conservation status for the following Annex II species: Osmoderma eremita Cerambyx cerdo Lucanus cervus and Anthrenochernes stellae in 30 Natura 2000 sites.
3) Initiate the creation of decaying wood habitats which in the longer term can bridge gaps in spaceand time for the Annex I habitats (9070, 6530*, 9160, 9020 and 9190) and Annex II species Osmoderma eremita Cerambyx cerdo Lucanus cervus and Anthrenochernes stellae within the Natura 2000 sites.
4) Increase and update the knowledge about the management of the targeted habitats and species among stakeholders, site managers and scientists by the dissemination of project experiences and results, in order to ensure transferability and replicability. 30 project sites have been selected within a limited region of south-east Sweden, in order to make it possible to build up an infrastructure of wooded pasture habitats with associated species; to bridge spatial gaps and reduce the risk of local extinctions.