Stepping stones and experience

Children from KiTas and primary schools use the newly created ponds and
oligotrophic grasslands to gain experience of nature and efurther their

Several measures have been implemented on sample site 7. The site is of special significance due to its location close to the green bridge and its many protected species, as well as its function for recreational purposes and bringing people into close proximity to nature.

The habitats for species of oligotrophic grassland and heathland required intense reclamation since large parts had been invaded by the introduced, competitive wild black cherry that is of little wildlife value. Existing standing water bodies had degenerated to the point where the previously resident natterjack toad was no longer present. Several measures were undertaken, and the site was also used to collect indigenous plant seeds for other restorations.

How well the stepping stone function can be maintained and whether it can be optimized sustainably is an important question and is being monitored. Pupils from nearby schools are taking part enthusiastically in that monitoring and a mapping manual has been developed for children and supervisors.

Parts of the Holsteiner habitat corridors are also being used for university exercises. Distribution maps of indicator species are being made that way, for instance.