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Farmers diligently create flower strips

Lower Saxony Way: Advancing the biotope network through agri-environmental measures

L P D - The creation of flowering areas and strips is symbolic of the farmers' commitment to protecting species. Last year, farmers in Lower Saxony sown seeds for wild herbs and flowering plants on more than 25,000 hectares. Nature lovers as well as the insects who find living space and a “laid table” full of pollen and nectar enjoy these areas because of the brightly colored flowers. The flower strips are mostly created with the help of EU agricultural funding. “Because we as farmers would like to do something to preserve biodiversity, it is good that the EU agricultural subsidy pays for the creation of such flowering areas, because we normally earn our money with the cultivation of wheat, sugar beet or maize, but not with it Cornflower or Phacelia ”, emphasizes Landvolk Vice President Dr. Holger Hennies. The farmers in Lower Saxony have increased their planted flowering area every year since these offers were promoted. According to Hennies, this is due, on the one hand, to the fact that farmers have become more aware of species protection and, on the other, to the fact that more funding has been made available.

In this context, Hennies praises the agreements on species protection in the Lower Saxony Way, which provides for the establishment of a state-wide biotope network. In the network, these measures, such as flowering areas laid out in fields, are also taken into account. The Landvolk Vice President insists on a more effective and unbureaucratic use of the existing funding so that flowering areas can be created even more specifically to network valuable biotopes. “Insects, small game and also birds need these so-called stepping stones in our agricultural landscape in order to find food and to reproduce. In the best case, this works with regionally adapted plants and on-site planning - but the current EU funding system does not yet allow that, ”says Hennies. The farmers in southern Lower Saxony have therefore come up with a different financing model: With a so-called blossom sponsorship, private individuals and companies "take over" land so that farmers can plant wild herbs and flowers on these fields. In this year alone, the Landvolk-Kreisverband Göttingen and its members have already awarded 88 flower sponsorships on an area of ​​almost 23 hectares. The godparents can find “their” flower strips on an interactive map and present themselves with a photo. “This idea is really well received,” says Ackerbauer and deputy chairman of the Göttingen rural people, Markus Gerhardy. "We will definitely make the project known - in line with the Lower Saxony Way." (LPD 55/2020)

You can find more information about the Lower Saxony Way at: www.niedersaechsischer-weg.de

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