Do you like insects

Habitat for insects

The NABU Regionalverband Calau eV has developed a simple and effective idea to counteract the dramatic decline in biodiversity and the decline in populations, especially in the case of insects: Areas in inner-city areas or in industrial areas that are not used commercially should only be used twice at most mowed each year in order to create feeding and reproductive areas for insects. Lawns in residential or commercial areas come into question. Only, unmowed meadows and fallow land often appear neglected to the casual observer. And who would like to create this impression with their property?

Passers-by should be informed and thought-provoking.

The members of the regional association have therefore developed two signs in A4 format that explain that this is not an unkempt area, but rather a "habitat for insects". This information is supplemented by a two-page flyer. The “messy” sight should be explained to the citizens in this way and at the same time a reflection or rethink should be evoked. The signs are set up on the surfaces, the flyer serves to inform all stakeholders. We talk to the owners of the areas, i.e. the municipalities, the housing associations and the tradespeople. Media representatives were also approached for additional communication of the idea, flyers were sent to traders by post and, above all, personal contact was used to explain the project. A group of children - the junior rangers of the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve - was included in the project. Together with the children, the NABU Group visited the mayor of the city of Lübbenau and the Lübbenau housing association. There, the junior rangers explained the background to the campaign and asked for the signs to be set up in suitable areas. So far, in addition to individuals, the cities of Lübbenau and Vetschau, the housing association in the Spreewald (WIS GmbH) and the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund have declared their participation.

The junior rangers of the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve "in action"

Apart from the benefits for the insects, the group's commitment creates inner-city meadows that deserve this name again. Because if little is mowed, plants that match the site conditions have a chance to settle again. Birds and other small mammals that feed on insects or plants, for example, also benefit from this. Mowing less also means less noise, less exhaust fumes and less energy consumption for electric mowers. Mowing less means less water evaporation as the soil is not directly exposed to sunlight; an important aspect for Brandenburger floors. Mowing less means a variety of plants that can also please the heart through the sight of the meadow. And wild plants, on the other hand, certainly enrich our menu; Used correctly, they can even relieve discomfort.

If the NABU regional association Calau wins the reverberation, the prize money will be used to refinance the funds already spent on the project and for new signs. Because of course the actors want to reach even more people and create natural meadows. If possible, a small celebration with the active children should also be held on a meadow.