Until the beginning of the 20th century, the white stork was an everyday sight in the cultural landscape of the Lower Rhine with 40 to 50 pairs. The population was concentrated in the natural farming culture landscape "Düffel" on the Lower Rhine.
Through the increasing drainage of the Rhine landscape and the intensification of agriculture as well as other changes to their habitat, the population of the white stork was completely extinct in this space in 1946.
Storks back on the Lower Rhine since 1996
Since 1987, a large number of duffel are under nature protection and white storks spend their summers in the region since 1988. After the construction of nests in the Düffeldorf Zyfflich in 1996, there is finally a successful offspring from a stork couple after 50 years, which were named "Jan en Marie Euwer" by the residents.
Storks in Wesel
There has also been some success in Wesel. In addition to a nest on the Büderich transformer tower, Bislich attracts storks through its dedication to their preservation. The association, Bislich schools and private people set up seven stork nests where they can nest. Furthermore, the stork centre created a cycling and hiking route that passes the nests and with a little luck, you can watch the storks.
In the meantime, multiple nest aids are found in many places along the Rhine. The success has been visible: On the Lower Rhine and the adjacent Dutch Rhine delta, there are multiple breeding pairs and there is hope that there will be a stable white stork population in the long run again.