Orchard meadow now provides a place for biodiversity – Edelsheim

Orchard meadow now provides a place for biodiversity - Edelsheim

Adelsheim. Anyone who has recently walked the road to Hergenstadt in Adelsheim must have seen a vacant lot along a long hilly plot of land near Ostbahnhof. A sign on the side of the road announces upcoming development at the bottom of the slope. On the other hand, the upper slope is part of a wider landscape conservation measure. There is a grassy garden of about 3000 square meters, including the adjacent stone strip, which is to be awakened from his sleep.

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Maschinering helped

On 16 October, about ten hard-working helpers met for Voluntary Landscape Conservation Day. Climbing plants were removed from old fruit trees and landscape maintenance material was removed from the area. The Maschinenring Odenwald had already cleared construction land with caterpillars, forest tractors, chainsaws and brushcutters, brambles and bushes.

The maintenance campaign is financially and professionally supported by the city of Adelsheim and the landscape conservation association Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis. Mayor Wolfram Bernhardt and LEV Managing Director Mathias Jurgowski insisted on helping themselves.

Some neighbors were busy too. A resident said that in the past a shepherd and his herd had moved into open spaces within the city. This is not possible today because of the surrounding buildings.

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The landscape conservation project aims to restore the habitat of the old fruit tree population, which has many trees for birds, bats and dead wood beetles. What is important is the combination of poor meadow in the underground, which must be restored with care. The ensemble is rounded off by a stone bar made of stones reading as a relic of an earlier use and an adjacent large forest. Helmut Haber from the local Nature Conservation Association, who paid a short visit to the Landscape Conservation Day, reports on several rare bird species. Due to the mosaic of different habitats, he sees a high biotope quality after maintenance action.

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If there is another house on the vacant lot, then future landscape maintenance material can only be moved down the slope, which is inconvenient. So the idea of ​​grazing again came as before. A partner for the future has been won with the State School Center for Environmental Education Edelsheim (LSZU). Department Head Christian Pushner wants to make sheep grazing possible. In this way, the slope can be kept open and no material has to be moved painstakingly up the surface. In the future, LSZU Adelsheim would like to use the old gardens and stone bar for environmental education for school groups and teacher training. In early February 2022, the nursing area is to be expanded again to the neighboring property. To this end, another Landscape Conservation Day is to be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, to which volunteers are invited. If the weather doesn’t go along, an alternate date is planned for February 19, 2022.

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