As part of the ongoing evaluation of Baden-Württemberg's rural development programme (MEPL III), IfLS was commissioned to carry out a study on the evaluation of flowering mixtures that are being promoted under the programme for agri-environment, climate protection and animal welfare (FAKT). Empirical field investigations of the FAKT flowering mixtures, in which flower-visiting insects are identified, form the basis for this evaluation.
The Universities of Freiburg and Würzburg have been won for this project. The field investigations are carried out in the context of final theses and deal with abundances and species richness of different groups of flower visitors.
In July and August 2018, areas were investigated in two regions of Baden-Württemberg ("Northeast" with the districts Hohenlohe and Main-Tauber-Kreis as well as "Southwest" with the districts Emmendingen and Ortenaukreis) on which the FAKT mixtures are sown or which serve as reference areas. Contacts with farmers with possible study areas were made possible by the agricultural authorities of the districts concerned.
Area characteristics (e.g. location, plot-size), species-specific flower cover and flower-visiting insects with a focus on bees, butterflies and hover flies were recorded.
In winter 2018/2019 the summary evaluation of the work will take place. Results will be presented to the MLR and the MEPL III Monitoring Committee.
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Ministry for Rural Areas and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg (MLR)
2018 – 2019
Contact person/s at IfLS:
Jörg Schramek, Heike Nitsch, Holger Pabst