Before the land consolidation in Schleswig-Holstein - as everywhere in Germany - there were many small water bodies throughout the rural landscape. The amalgamation of the areas as part of the land consolidation - especially after the Second World War - resulted in the loss of a large proportion of these waters. This made it easier for agriculture to cultivate, as the areas became more uniform and larger - amphibians, dragonflies and waterfowl, however, were deprived of their habitat.
With the project "Frogland", habitats for amphibians are to be created, restored and interconnected at suitable locations in Schleswig-Holstein. The task of the project is to create ponds and restore former amphibian ponds - in such a way that they feel comfortable there. The ponds will be adapted to the amphibian species occurring in the respective region and the surroundings will also be taken into account. Not all frogs are present in the ponds all year round, they also need a suitable land habitat to find food and hiding places.
The "Frogland" project has been funded by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry for Energy, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas since the end of 2009. The construction of ponds is financed entirely from these funds, so that the owner, who wants to give back a piece of nature, does not need to take any money into his own hands. One of the conditions is that the owners do not use the newly created waters for any private purposes. This includes that no fish may be used, because they predate amphibians and their larvae, but also water invertebrates. Further conditions are attached to the promotion - so the water must remain attractive for frogs and other amphibians for 15 years and must not develop unfavourably (no strong shading, no nutrient or pesticide input).