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Three zones for greater diversity of insects

The Tutzing Political Education Academy has been following the concept of caring for their park for many years. It works – there is enough habitat for insects, as eight bee communities were active in the park last year.

The Tutzing Academy of Political Education Park is about 32,000 square feet in size and habitat for many animals. Butterflies, hedgehogs and eight bee communities all live there. During the Biodiversity Information Day, Academy staff were introduced to the ecosystem around their workplace by lecturing gardeners, beekeepers and patrons.

"In the past, everything was overgrown here. The lake was nowhere to be seen," says academy gardener Fridolin Baur, pointing across the meadow to the sparkling Lake Starnberg. The turning point came with the concept of park care that the academy set up in 2001 with the goal of clearing rows of trees and creating more green space. Meanwhile, a flagship park with three zones has been created in Tutzing, according to a statement from the Academy.

In order to allow plants sufficient time to sow and insect habitat, the first zone of the park was mowed at the end of May and the second in September. "In the fall, a ring machine will come with a cutter," Baur explains. With the construction of the theater, a new rose garden was created on the roof as a compensatory area and a third zone – albeit with a short lawn but larger than a meadow that fell off because of the building.

In the spring, a boxwood peak appeared there. Baur and his colleagues have chased him away – collecting animals and water from high-pressure cleaners. "We don't use insecticides and pesticides," he says.

It also benefits beekeeper Philipp Bruder, who settled eight bee communities in the academy park last year. Each of them produced 35 pounds of honey this year for sale at the Academy. "A good bee year," Bruder says. With him, the academy staff stared at the hives, which they usually saw only from afar and heard about waltz dancing, wedding flights and swarms.

The Biodiversity Information Day did not end at the academy’s garden fence. Alliance nature conservation chief Günther Schorn has shown that the Tutzing Main Road can handle more than existing "alibi trees". Petra Gansneder, landscape care consultant at Landratsamt Starnberg, explained in her presentation that the district is trying to rebuild wetlands and fight neophytes, i.e., alien plants such as balms. Dr. Andrea Gehrold of the Federal Bird Conservation Association took the academic team on a journey with migratory birds. Because Lake Starnberg rarely freezes, it is a winter home for waterfowl from Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Belarus and the Arctic coast in Russia. Let the battered duck fly even from Siberia.