Only at the beginning of this week, a long-term study was published in the media, showing the strong decline of insects and biodiversity in our landscape. In the future, it will therefore become increasingly important to convert unused land into flowering areas in order to create food sources and habitats for bees and other insects. 21 municipalities in the habberge district wanted to do this in 2018 in a leader project entitled "blooming habberge district" on public flat transpose. The introductory event took place at the community center in breitbrunn.
In addition to the participating municipalities and cities, many chairmen of the local beekeeping and horticultural associations attended the event to learn about the various possibilities of planting flowering meadows, verges and traffic islands.
Breitbrunn mayor gertrud buhl (), who has taken over the project sponsorship, welcomed the participants and pointed out the importance and benefits of the ecological restoration of public land. The course of the project had been developed in a working group made up of representatives of the communities, the district association of beekeepers, the district association for horticulture and land conservation, the farmers’ association, the federal nature conservation agency, the lower nature conservation authority and regional management. Buhl also explained that 60 percent of the project will be financed by leader request funds.
Afterwards, district technical advisor johannes bayer went into detail about the planned mabnahmen. In 2017, three to five areas per municipality are to be selected and the measurements to be carried out are to be planned over the winter. Implementation will then take place with the help of three practical workshops in a total of four pilot communities starting in spring 2018. "The community workers and participants from the associations are taught the know-how in the workshops, so that they can subsequently plant more flowerbeds themselves. These are, if properly installed, not only ecologically valuable, but also visually appealing and easy to maintain", bayer explained.
Klaus mandery from the institute for biodiversity information in ebern will be responsible for planning nesting opportunities on the flats. Mandery pointed out the important function of wild bees in our society and presented their habitat and food sources. During his presentation, it was learned that there are a total of 564 known species of wild bees in germany, which are extremely important for the pollination of flowering plants. Some rare species can also be found in the habberge district. "Some wild bees are specialized on only one plant or soil species. By the targeted creation of nesting sites, one can make a contribution to the protection of species", mandery clarified.
Bernhard reiser from the institute of vegetation science and landscape ocology in zeil presented positive examples of flowering plains to give the participants ideas for the selection of plains in their own community. Together with the biologist otto elsner and the landscape planner christian sandner, he is to take over the planning for the implementation of the sustainable heaths. "The aim of the project is to provide insects with food sources by selecting suitable plant species, especially during the critical times of the year, from june to october, when there is little food left in nature. By seeding with site-appropriate plants, creating the right soil conditions and initial plantings, the goal is to transform public grasslands into sustainable public ‘colorful’ areas.", sandner reported.
Participating communities are the municipalities of aidhausen, breitbrunn, bundorf and burgpreppach, the towns of ebern and eltmann, the municipality of ermershausen, the county of habberge, the towns of habfurt and hofheim, the municipalities of kirchlauter and knetzgau, the market town of maroldsweisach, the municipalities of oberaurach, rauhenebrach, riedbach, stettfeld, theres, untermerzbach and wonfurt, and the town of zeil.