Dry grassland

Background

Dry grasslands are unique habitats. Special plant communities and many grasshoppers, butterflies and bird species depend on the condition of their particular location. Plants such as the Bridal Veil (Stipa capillata) or the Oxtongue Hawkweed (Hieracium echioides) grow on their dry, calcareous soil. Rare butterfly species, including the Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) and the Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipenulae) live there. The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) and the Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) fill the barren strip of land with their calls.

Dry grasslands are among the most endangered habitat types in Germany. In comparison to other areas, Brandenburg contains many of these unique habitats. In Brodowin we are committed to their preservation!

Our contribution

In the process of restoring dry grasslands we removed foreign larches on the “Großer Rummelsberg”. Endangered dry grass species now have a chance to spread. We thus provide rare butterfly species – that have already found a home on the adjacent “Kleiner Rummelsberg” with the opportunity of enlarging their habitat. We intend to utilise our dry grassland extensively, in line with nature conservation measures.
A donkey herd grazes on the “Großer Rummelsberg” to prevent it from re-lignifying. The donkeys are well adapted to dry, poor locations. In addition, they eat shrubs and create open sandy spots on the places they wallow in. Our dry grassland benefits greatly from this!