To protect insects, farmers in Baden-Wuerttemberg create flowering areas by sowing special flowering mixtures. These flower-rich stands are intended to provide insects with food and serve as reproduction and retreat areas. As part of the current evaluation of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Rural Development Program (MEPL III), the IfLS has already carried out an evaluation of one-year flowering areas for 2018-2019. Since the beginning of 2020, a second field study has been taking place, which now also takes into account flowering areas of more than one year.
For this purpose, almost 60 annual, perennial and perennial flowering areas, which were created within the framework of the funding program for agri-environment, climate protection and animal welfare (FAKT), as well as fallow land and rape/legumes as reference areas will be examined three times in 2020. In addition to the blossom supply that these areas offer over the course of the year, wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies are also included. The diversity of individuals and species of these flower-visiting insects is an important criterion for the evaluation of the FACT flowering areas.
The study is supported by the University of Freiburg, which made the field recordings possible by a thesis, among other things.
In winter 2020/2021 the summarizing evaluation of the work will take place. The results will be presented to the MLR and the MEPL III Monitoring Committee.
|Evaluation | Sustainable land use ||
Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Wuerttemberg (MLR)
Contact person/s at IfLS:
Heike Nitsch und Jörg Schramek
Heike Nitsch, Jörg Schramek und Nele Stackelberg