The purple-edged copper (Lycaena hippothoe) finds one of its last habitats in the Taunus near the city of Frankfurt. There is a special poor grassland, the Reifenberger meadows, where the purple-edged copper has its native resident. Naturefund has purchased 20,000 m² of this biotope and has been permanently protected it for nature!
Poor grasslands are one of the most biodiverse habitats for plants and animals in Europe. They are characterized by particularly nutrient-poor soil, where numerous wildflowers grow. This great variety of flowers is a true paradise for wild bees, butterflies and birds. An absolute highlight of the Reifenberger meadows are the butterflies: a total of 36 species were counted in one day! Likewise, the mountain arnica grows here, which is endangered throughout Germany.
The Reifenberger meadows cover about 5½ hectares. Before our activity, they belonged to 27 different owners, which made a consistent protection concept impossible. In recent years, they often mowed the grass too early and thus destroyed the feeding and egg laying plants of the butterflies. In some years, an entire butterfly population was destroyed, because the already laid eggs and hatched young caterpillars were killed.
We bought 20,000 m² of the Reifenberger meadows and thus ensured, that the mowing will only take place in late summer. Local nature conservation organizations such as HGON, the Butterfly Club Apollo e. V. and also the Upper Nature Conservation Authority supported us.
The Naturefund project Reifenberger Wiesen was honored by the UN Decade of Biodiversity. The honor of the UN Decade will be awarded to projects that make an commendable contribution to preserving biodiversity.
Among others with the Energy Globe Awards and the UN Decade of Biodiversity
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