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Accommodating cranes

When we upgraded the Stendal-Uelzen line, we established a breeding and nesting site for cranes on unused farmland covering some 6.5 hectares. Other endangered animal species also have found shelter here.

How did we do this? We made improvements to stretches of river and used rocks to slow down the flow of the current. This created an area of damp grassland that plants such as reeds and rare animals like the grass snake and great crested grebe have made their new home. Cranes also feel comfortable here, because they can sleep in the shallow water at nigh