As part of a group of about 20 people, including some donors, we set off on Friday, 07.07.2023, for an excursion to the Biesenthaler Becken and the Hutelandschaft Altranft-Sonnenburg. Initially, the delegation met for a welcome and a lecture by the NABU team in the office of the NABU Stiftung Nationales Naturerbe. It was explained, among other things, how NABU e.V. and the NABU Stiftung distinguish themselves from one another. There were also presentations on the nature conservation areas of the Biesenthaler Becken and the Hutelandschaft Altranft-Sonnenburg. In these areas, the NABU-Stiftung is committed to purchasing land and allowing large forest and nature areas to develop undisturbed.
After lunch, the excursion group left the federal office and traveled together to the nature reserve. The Biesenthaler Becken impresses with its growing wetlands, species-rich wet meadows, and natural forests. NABU employee Simon Grohe then led the participants on an approximately two-hour walk through the forest. During this time, he talked about the local work being done. Large areas are left to themselves, but step by step, species-poor coniferous forest is also being transformed into location-typical mixed forest. In addition, beavers are widespread in the areas. As one of the oldest properties of the NABU, it very clearly shows how the rewilding process manifests itself over a longer period. Holiday cabins along the edges of the lakes have been dismantled over the years.
Overall, the hike was highly interesting, and the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung thanks the NABU-Stiftung for organizing the excursion and their commitment on-site.