Contact with biodiversity in the form of hands-on nature experience is becoming increasingly important due to the progressive loss of biodiversity, but is being lost more and more in times of digital teaching.
We want to counter this trend with our initiative. We offer students a 24/7-accessible place to learn and experiment, where they can independently expand their knowledge of species, implement project ideas, practice and try out (trapping) methods and conduct their own studies!
On the outdoor areas of the Chair of Forest Entomology and Protection in Stegen-Wittental, the existing biodiversity is to be preserved and promoted, together with and coordinated by students, by redesigning a large part of the open areas and the forest area (approx. 1.6 ha), as well as creating various small biotopes.
The existing biodiversity is to be preserved and promoted on the outdoor areas of the professorship for forest entomology and forest protection in Stegen-Wittental, together with and coordinated by students, by redesigning a large part of the open spaces and the forest area (approx. 1.6 ha), as well as by creating various small biotopes.
The site of the professorship already has a high nature conservation value and great development potential. Through relatively simple measures (changed mowing regime of the flowering meadows, ponds, stone walls, deadwood, nesting aids, etc.), further valuable biotopes for animals and plants that have become rare will be created, which will simultaneously be used for teaching (modules, qualifying papers), research and general education regarding biodiversity and nature conservation.
A laboratory and workspaces for students:
- accessible 24/7
- several workstations
- extensive identification literature
- Binos, microscopes, digital binos, etc.
- Trapping equipment
- a structurally rich environment with many different small biotopes
- Space to practise and try out
- Exchange with other like-minded people
The opportunity to help with:
- Creating more wild bee nesting aids
- Planting species-rich meadows and margins
- Creating a biotope nature trail that briefly introduces the different habitats, such as sandy areas, ponds, forests, etc.
- Creation of cairns and dry stone walls with sand lenses
- Planting of native shrubs and woody plants on cleared areas
- Maintenance of existing dry stone walls
- Creation of leaf, deadwood, brushwood and stone piles
- Creation of a meadow orchard
- Creation and maintenance of flowering areas and bee pastures
- Maintenance of nesting boxes
- Further structural improvement for vertebrates
- Photo documentation of the "creation" of the Exploratorium + social media/internet presence