The E + E project used tried and tested methods that are not discussed further here. Since the project owners cannot provide resources to maintain the project long term, it was essential that the conservation measures taken were long-lasting and low maintenance. One example of a successful and workable solution is extensive pastures. On those sites, after the initial implementation of habitat components (ponds, escarpments, etc.) habitats for species needing complex conditions will be maintained by the grazing and shaping activities of the semi-wild cattle and horses. Thanks to grassland subsidy and meat revenues the management costs can be covered long-term.

What works for nature conservation in the meadows with the assistance of domestic animals is also possible in the landscape with wild animals. That becomes apparent at many locations in the project area. Through the actions of fallow deer, red deer and wild boar, small-scale species-rich relict localities and stepping stones can be maintained; some Red List endangered plant species have made it across the green bridge through being carried by animals (zoochory). The project aims to encourage wild animals to use the habitat corridors to ensure their continuity and increase biodiversity (in bogs and heaths for instance) without impacting on usage- or conservation aims at other sites. In the water corridors (water meadows) riparian strips have been established, rewetting has been implemented and ponds either restored or created anew to facilitate the spread of still-water and river species. In the heathlands or gravel mining areas, mechanized landscaping, including removal of top soil, transferral of areal grass cuttings not sure what this means and the introduction of grazing have improved the conservation status. Moorland protection is of great value as well, and large-scale and thus expensive management will continue to be financed by moor protection funds in the future, while smaller work like shrub removal, ditch-blocking and particularly the development of ‘stepping stones’ between the rewetting sites have been paid for with project funds.