In the Elbe valley in the area of the parish of Amt Neuhaus the first fencing work started at the beginning of March. Approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) of fence
enable the fencing off of 46 hectares of grassland.
This allows the transition from mowing and aftermath grazing to a permanent extensive grazing regime. At the end of 2017, the creation of new ponds for the fire-bellied toad will follow on these fenced-off areas.
By establishing an extensive grazing regime the banks of the water bodies are due to improve their habitat conditions, e.g. keeping the banks free of willows.