Special Species Conservation in Harbour Planning

Within the framework of various projects in Hamburg harbour, OECOS GmbH conducted several species conservation analysis examinations on the restrictions of Article 44 BNatSchG in 2013 on behalf of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). The examinations were based on own faunistic and floristic surveys as well as external expert reports. The unsealed or partially sealed surfaces in cracks and crevices in the harbour area are a particular challenge because their dry to semi-dry vegetation is scarce in urban landscapes. Such areas may serve as breeding and resting sites for insects and birds of special conservation concern.