Naturschutzbund creates habitats for animals and plants

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For up to 5,000 species: The Nature Conservancy Barsinghausen creates animal and plant habitats

Barsinghausen.Many conservationists and environmentalists complain about the loss of biodiversity in the animal and plant world because natural habitats are missing – also in Barsinghausen, the Nature Conservation Society (NABU) criticizes. For this reason, the local Nabu group has been trying for several years to create and preserve such habitats so that endangered animal and plant species can settle in these areas. One of the first of the eleven Naboo districts in the city area is a meadow grove that was established in the spring of 2014 between Barsinghausen and Hohenpostel below the Bullerbach Valley.

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Wall fence made of wild shrubs

There are now 43 tall stems fruit trees in this natural area as well as two beech and oak trees. At the edge of the nearly 3,000-square-meter meadow, Naboo also planted a hedge made of native wild shrubs—”as a haven for birds, insects, and small mammals,” Naboo president Elk Steinhof explained during a visit to the orchard with members. and friends of the local Barsinghausen group.

Interested: members and friends of Naboo visit the orchard meadow between Barsinghausen and Hohenpostel.

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The hedge also provides shelter for the mouse wedding. Weasels catch mice and rats – thus helping to ensure that rodents do not eat the roots of young trees.

Eight years ago, in collaboration with the Hohenbostel Church community, which owns the area between the edge of the forest and State Route 391, Naboo began creating a flowering and colorful meadow with a large number of fruit trees on its formerly exposed, stretched plot. fertilized area. Elk Steinhof emphasized that these natural meadow groves are of great ecological importance and made comparisons with ecosystems such as the Wadden Sea or ancient beech forests.

Rich Species: Nabu meadow planted the orchard eight years ago.  Today there are 42 tall stem fruit trees as well as two Süntelbuchen and oak trees.

Rich Species: Nabu meadow planted the orchard eight years ago. Today there are 42 tall stem fruit trees as well as two Süntelbuchen and oak trees.

At that time, Naboo initially planted 23 fruit trees of ancient local varieties. In the ensuing years, Naboo planted another 20 fruit trees, which, according to Elk Steinhof, grew well and bore fragrant fruits: apples, pears, cherries, sapphires, plums, and plums. Important: Fertilizers and pesticides are strictly prohibited in the meadow grove. “We do not aim for a high yield from the fruit harvest, we want to give nature its space,” explained the president.

Up to 5000 different species

Natural meadow orchards provide an ideal habitat for native meadow plants and wild animals. According to Steinhof, up to 5,000 species of different animals and plants can settle in these meadows. In order to avoid encroachment on the bush and enhance biodiversity, the meadow is mowed twice a year. Otherwise, the area will remain the same.

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Insider: Elk Steinhof, president of the Naboo Association (second from left) explains Orchard Meadow.

Insider: Elk Steinhof, president of the Naboo Association (second from left) explains Orchard Meadow.

But grass clippings should also be removed from the meadow, otherwise the meadow weeds are in danger of suffocating under the thatch. However, Naboo is having more and more difficulties finding helpers for cutting and buyers of cuttings. Elke Steinhof emphasized that “the volume of work is remarkable, and Naboo is now already taking care of eleven districts in the city area.”

211 new trees have been planted

These areas include the lively neighborhoods, meadows and gardens of Rottkampweg, in Deisterbad, in the Bullerbach Valley, in the Hohenbostel Cemetery and the Nabu Nature Forest near Höhenluft. In the past three years, Naboo has planted 211 new trees there, in part with the support of the Barsinghausen Employment Initiative (BBI): oak, walnut, fruit, linden and elm trees.

Naboo also likes to take care of other areas in order to create and maintain species-rich habitats. However, the local group needs financial and human support for this.

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