Leipzig: the heat in Germany – this is how summer is more tolerant for plants and animals

Heat in Germany: This is how summer makes plants and animals more bearable

By Eric Mittman

Leipzig – Temperatures up to 40 degrees, drought and no rain in sight. The current heat wave is not only making things difficult for people, but plants and animals are also suffering greatly. TAG24 has in Leipziger The Conservation Union asked what you can do to make summer more bearable for nature.

Not only we humans, but also plants and animals are currently suffering from heat. It is also important that they have water. (File photo) © Julian Stähle / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

“The acute problem is of course water. So currently it is more important than animal feeding places to provide drinking facilities,” says Rene Seifert, President of NABU Leipzig and Vice President of NABU in Saxony.

If you own a pond in your home, you can be sure that it is also available to wildlife. “It is important that the banks are designed in such a way that they do not become a trap, so that the animals can get out again.”

On the other hand, drinking facilities can be set up on your private balcony or in the municipal courtyard. Important: it must be safe and inaccessible to cats for example. “You can even hang them on a branch in a city park. It’s important that you take good care of them.”

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According to the expert, two containers that can be changed and cleaned daily are ideal. “But it’s also important to keep an eye on the animal world. If sick animals, for example, take advantage of these opportunities, you have to stop doing that, otherwise these diseases may spread.”

The following applies to plants: the water in which it is collected

When caring for plants, NABU President Rene Seifert recommends watering as selectively as possible, preferably in the morning or evening.

When caring for plants, NABU President Rene Seifert recommends watering as selectively as possible, preferably in the morning or evening. © Kristin Klose / dpa-tmn

In the long run, the NABU chief explains, it’s important to design habitats in such a way that animals can find food and shelter even in such extreme situations. “So if you have a garden, you have to make sure there are places to retreat and plants that provide shade.”

Compost piles, timber, and leaves provide shelter from the sun and opportunities for animals to crawl, shelter, and find food.

When it comes to plants, it’s important not to let the soil in your garden dry out. It also helps to leave leaves and cuttings lying around or allow a thick layer of weeds to grow. “Of course, the question of the choice of actors arises.”

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The following applies: if possible in the morning and evening hours and if possible selectively as water is also absorbed.

Storks can’t take care of small animals

A stork in a field near Leipzig.  Drought also affects the birds' food sources.  (archive photo)

A stork in a field near Leipzig. Drought also affects the birds’ food sources. (File photo) © Jan Woitas / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

According to René Seifert, periods of heat and drought are a tremendous burden for both individual organisms and for different species.

“We notice this most with storks, whose nests are often fitted with cameras. People always react hopelessly when they see that not all the small animals can be brought through,” the conservation activist offers as an example. “The parents can’t find enough food for them. They get their food from wetlands. But if it’s been dry for a long time, then at some point they go, and at worst, only one or two out of four chicks hatched will succeed.”

If you currently find animals that are injured or possibly stressed, the expert recommends moving them to a safe place and then seeking advice before giving them water, for example. “Birds, for example, drink differently and it can be harmful to them as well.”

Contact points in Leipzig include NABU wild bird aidThe hedgehog friends Sometimes there are veterinarians who specialize in wild animals. “But then you have to realize that sometimes it costs something.”

Cover photo: Julian Stähle / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

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