Our protected areas make a major contribution to maintaining biodiversity and the multifaceted, beautiful scenery.

The protection category under nature conservation law is determined by the type of area to be protected and the objective of protection.

Almost the whole of the Südheide nature park is a landscape protection area. Ten nature reserves and the large areas of the park which form part of the European Natura 2000 protected area network safeguard the mot important areas for nature conservation:

Südheide landscape protection area

NSG-LÜ 26 Breites Moor

NSG-LÜ 95 Frehmbeck

NSG-LÜ 150 Hoppenriethe

NSG-LÜ 162 Moor near Gerdehaus

NSG-LÜ 170 Bornriethmoor

NSG-LÜ 190 Kiehnmoor

NSG-LÜ 212 Heathland, mittleres Lüßplateau

NSG-LÜ 248 Weesener Bach

NSG-LÜ 277 Lutter

NSG-LÜ 287 Lachte

NSG-LÜ 314 Lünsholz

NSG-LÜ 315 Quell- und Durchstömungsmoor mit Kleingewässer bei Dalle

Bird sanctuary V 34 Südheide and Aschauteiche near Eschede

Bird sanctuary V 38 Große Heide near Unterlüß and Kiehnmoor

FFH area Ilmenau with tributaries

FFH area Örtze with tributaries

FFH area Bornriethmoor

 FFH area Breites Moor

 FFH area Lutter, Lachte, Aschau (with some tributaries)

FFH area Heathland and neglected grassland in the Südheide

FFH area Small waterbodies near Dalle

FFH area Entenfang Boye and Bruchbach

FFH area Lünsholz 

nature reserves

According to Section 23 of the Bundesnaturschutzgesetz (Federal Nature Conservation Act - BNatSchG), nature reserves are binding areas in which particular protection of nature and the landscape as a whole or in individual parts is necessary

1. in order to preserve, develop or restore habitats, biotopes or communities of specific species of wild animals and plants

2. for scientific or natural history reasons or reasons of regional                   geography and culture or   

3. due to their rarity, particular nature or outstanding beauty.

Any activities which may result in destruction of, damage to or changes to a nature reserve or parts thereof or which may result in a lasting disturbance are in accordance with further provisions prohibited.
The following pages provide further information about the individual nature reserves:
Naturschutzgebiete in Niedersachsen (Nature Reserves in Lower Saxony) (external link to the Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz - Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation)

landscape protection areas

According to Section 26 of the BNatSchG, landscape protection areas  are legally binding areas in which particular conservation of nature and the landscape is necessary

  1. in order to preserve, develop or restore the efficiency and functioning of the ecosystem or the regenerative capacity and sustainable usability of natural resources, including the protection of habitats of specific species of wild animals and plants,
  2. due to the diversity, nature and beauty or the particular historico-cultural importance of the landscape or
  3. due to its particular importance for recreation.

In a landscape protection area all activities are prohibited which change the character of the area or run contrary to the particular protective purpose, in particular with regard to Section 5, para. 1 of the BNatSchG and in accordance with further provisions.

Verordnung des Landkreises Celle über das Landschaftsschutzgebiet Südheide (Directive of the Administrative District of Celle concerning the Südheide Landscape Protection Area)


Lüneburger Heide GmbH

Natura 2000

In 1992, the Federal Republic of Germany and the other member states of the European Union signed the Convention on Biological Diversity in Rio. The Maastricht Treaty confirmed the obligation to integrate environmental protection into all areas of European Union policy. EU activities in this area are based in particular on two statutory regulations: the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive. These legal acts provide for the preservation of natural habitats and protection of wild animals and plants, in particular with the creation of a European network of protected areas (Natura 2000 areas).

You will find out more here:

Natura 2000 (Landkreis Celle) (Administrative District of Celle)

Natura 2000 (Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz) (Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation)

Natura 2000 (Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz) (Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection)

Natura 2000 (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation)