Summer Evenings in the Park: How to Take Care of Animals and the Environment

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In summer the garden becomes a green living room. Friends and family gather for barbecues, around fire bowls and in comfortable seating areas. There are also some recommendations for climate protection and animal conservation.

midsummer! Long nights! The grill is glowing! Garden lovers can now be found outside and enjoy the special atmosphere of their green oasis. However, for the sake of a sustainable garden and nature conservation, barbecue season isn’t always the best time of year – if you don’t follow a few golden rules.

grill A place away from nesting sites

Our gardens – especially when they are designed to be close to nature – Important Retreats for the interior the animals Like birds, hedgehogs, lizards, bats and insects,” says Melanie Konrad of NABU (Nature Conservation Union Germany), a qualified landscape and open space planning architect who is also a gardening expert and public relations officer for the NABU Federal Assembly.

“With all the joy of summer, we must always be awake sustainability and climate protection And the animal friendliness Watch out,” says Konrad. Not only should fire bowls and barbecue areas be made safe for people, but animals also shouldn’t be endangered.

The barbecue area below the nesting sites of birds and insects or other places such as bats is not a good idea, otherwise the animals deranged will. Set up a place close to home, you give the animals a place to retreat and save yourself a long walk.

If you want to create a new stove or barbecue area, you can also use natural stones and the remaining building materials.

If you want to create a new stove or barbecue area, you can also use natural stones and the remaining building materials. (Photo: photowind / Shutterstock)

Create a barbecue area with old building materials

Creating a barbecue stove and a semi-natural fireplace begins with the selection of building materials. “You can normal Save resourcesif reused materials or from region And not from far away,” says Melanie Konrad.

Brick from a demolished wall or recycled plaster can be used as a base for a bench, for example, and give personal note. Some of these treasures and remnants of old homes can easily be found through classified ads. A simple grilling area can then be conjured from stacked paving stones or clinker bricks on which a grid is laid.

Sustainable garden furniture for balmy barbecue evenings

You should also pay attention to sustainability and territory when it comes to furniture – better Ecologically sustainable forest wood furniture Plastic chairs or tropical wood on the outside.

You can fence the place with a dry stone wall with stones nearby quarry. “Insects and lizards like to hide in cracks that aren’t filled in,” Konrad says. In general, it should be in the gardens as few as possible and small Sealed surfaces Until the water seeps into the ground.

Barbecue and seating areas or terraces can also be designed to be open to leakage. Pebbles, natural and crushed stones Helps make the floor difficult to walk on without completely sealing it.

Providing food and habitat for animals

The following applies to animal welfare: Many animals crepuscular or nocturnalsuch as hedgehogs, ground beetles, or frogs. They go in search of food at night. “The more they can do it without being disturbed, the better,” Konrad says.

In any case, the garden should provide plenty of food and habitat for the animals – and then serve the people as well. A bed of wild perennials, fruit shrubs, wild strawberries, or flowering kitchen herbs in the bench is eye-catching, offering something to snack on while you’re passing by and at the same time Pollen and nectar For bees and butterflies.

Provide adequate lighting for animals on a barbecue evening

artificial lighting against it endangered moth, Because they are attracted to the short wavelength spectra of light with a high blue content, they lose valuable energy that they need to mate or forage.

We should just be in the garden selectively light up, which is very necessary, such as trip hazards or stairs. It is better to avoid stray light in all directions, as well as constant lighting. “In the best case, the lighting is turned on only when it is needed, for example with motion detectors or timing. Lighting help lamps In the warm light spectrum – and lamps with a closed shell.

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Dead wood is an important habitat for insects

In general, a garden fire is not completely climate and environmentally friendly. Because with every wood burning Carbon Dioxide And the fine particles in the atmosphere. “It’s always better to leave the wood in the garden and in the woods than to burn it,” Konrad says.

Air pollution from wood burning is also dangerous health. Dead wood that builds up when shrubs and trees are cut can also cause damage Important home for animals If he doesn’t end up in the fire basket. Konrad: “Many insects live as larvae or adults on dead wood.”

For example, bluish-black carpenter bees build small dens from rotten wood where they raise their brood. In the event of a fire in the garden, it is advisable to ensure that the cut branches are not already inhabited by animals or leave old twigs and tree trunks in the garden.

Garden fire only on special occasions

Alternatively, you can use leftover untreated wood from construction projects or a furniture workshop. “A campfire should only be lit on special occasions and enjoyed with great awareness,” Konrad says. “A piece of wood burns quickly, but it can become something beautiful and long-lasting. The carbon will still be tied up and the climate will be preserved.”


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