Visit of Europe’s largest network of biotopes
This excursion included a tour of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, the beautiful Hainich National Park, and of the green corridors established by the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany) that link Hainich to the Thuringian Forest Nature Park, which is about 20 kilometres away.
With a multitude of projects, Thuringia rests at the heart of our “Network of Survival” initiative to save the wildcat. This initiative is probably one of the most comprehensive nature conservation undertakings in Central Europe. The goal is to create a national network of forest biotopes spanning a total of 20,000 km to help forest species to overcome linear borders and fragmentation.
The tour started at the Wildcat Village of Hütscheroda – the first of its kind that opened in 2012. The Village consists of a new outdoor enclosure with wildcats, interactive exhibits on the Network of Survival, and key places of the biotope network, including the underpass at the planned highway A4. In addition, participants visited the Green Belt habitat network which was also initiated by the BUND: the death strip at the former border between East and West Germany has been turned into a green corridor which now runs through many European countries. To learn more about the project, visit www.bund.net/wildcat.
The region of Thuringia has a lot to offer to tourists such as the historic Wartburg Castle in nearby Eisenach and many historical cities like Weimar and Erfurt.
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND)
Friends of the Earth Germany
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wild cat: © BUND T. Stephan • planting of trees: © BUND • wild cat village: © BUND Chritsiane Bohn