Animal Ecology

The increase in road traffic and the resulting expansion of highway networks has led to an ongoing fragmentation of the landscape. Many species can no longer migrate between their isolated habitats and cannot populate new habitats either. The relinking of habitats can be documented by the monitoring the presence of different animals.
In 2011, grassland rides were established as open corridors in forested areas within the project area to reconnect isolated plots of existing heathlands. As part of a doctoral thesis at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, geographer Henning Nissen is studying the relinking of those dry heath habitats. Target animals and indicators for the relinking are invertebrates (orthoptera and ground beetles), reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (toads, frogs and newts).