Biotope Blog 2019/20
April 20, 2020
For the time being, the Corona pandemic threw a wrench in the works of our plans. The construction of the pond has to wait. But the first flowering meadow can grow! We want to transform our extensive species-poor, regularly mowed green areas into biodiverse meadows. To do so, we first carefully cut through the turf and allowed it to dry. Afterwards, the soil was largely devoid of vegetation and we sowed a meadow mixture with a high proportion of wild shrubs and herbs.
In the flowering meadows, bees, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects shall find nectar and breeding refuges. Not only the creepy-crawlies benefit from this, but also birds, amphibians, small mammals, reptiles and many more.
Over the summer, experts determined the diversity of the current flora and fauna on our institute grounds. Many thanks to Gerd Brunken, Michael Corsmann, Thomas Fechtler, Jürgen Rommelmann, Mareike Schneider and the office Wette+Küneke for their expert services! We intend to repeat this inventory at regular intervals in the coming years. This allows us to assess the effects of our emerging BioDiversum on the flora and fauna.
More information about the inventory can be found here.
Green light for the biotope!
The concept for our biotope is ready, the building application has been approved. Now it's time for implementation. An overview of all measures can be found here.
Ornithologist Peter Berthold comes to visit our guest. He has a wealth of experience in creating biotopes and propagates a network of renaturalized areas throughout Germany under the motto A biotope for every community.
Together we want to develop ideas for the design of our BioDiversum. Initially, the focus for the biotope is on the approximately two hectares of waste ground at the northeastern end of our institute`s premises. Peter Berthold proposes a large pond, a meadow orchard as well as compost heaps and a bird feeding station. He also sees great potential for ecological enhancement of other undeveloped areas of the institute. And with each new idea Berthold comes up with, it becomes more and more obvious that the biotope project cannot just be limited to the waste ground, but must extend across the entire premise all the way to the entrance area. Based on this conviction, our Biotop team will develop the concept for the BioDiversum in the coming months.