New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

WendehalsOn 11 December 2014, the first information boards for the Natura 2000 bird sanctuary “Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim“were presented to public by the Chairman of the BUND Dossenheim, Dermot O’Connor. The press is coming soon. When designing the images for the info panel – inter alia the Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Grey-faced (or Grey-headed) Woodpecker (Picus canus) and Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia). BUND Dossenheim chosed images from is proud to present these photos as part of its efforts to strengthen the importance of nature conservation in the region.

Dossenheim is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in the north-western part of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Dossenheim is located just 80km south of Frankfurt/ Main main station and thus reached by car in less than an hour’s drive.

The so-called Natura 2000 Vogelschutzgebiet is a Special Protection Areaa according to the EU-Birds Directive. The reserve has a size of 916,13 Acres. The Bergstrasse between Dossenheim and Schriesheim is distinguished by deciduous forests rich in structure and a man-made mosaic of vinyards, dry-stone walls, hedges, meadow orchards and stone quarries. This diverse landscape o­ ers an existence to many kinds of plants and animals, particularly to a great number of bird species worthy of protection, and has been accepted into NATURA 2000, the network of protected areas, by the European Union. Species such as the Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo), Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus) and the Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) are characteristic for this area.It is the objective to maintain a diverse habitat and to develop the landscape together with the landusers.

Bird watching in Germany is not as popular as in the UK, but the number of birdwatchers is increasing, too. These beautiful, didactically valuable info panels will certainly make more people interested for nature and especially bird life.

Guide for this concept was, inter alia, Professor Dr. Michael Wink from the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology of the University of Heidelberg. He is also the author of „Ornithologie für Einsteiger“ (means: Ornithology for Beginners). This book, with its 450 pages is supplied with beautiful pictures of European bird species, inter alia, submitted by Johannes Ferdinand (, Rosl Roessler and Fabian Schrauth.

More you will find: Michael Wink: Ornithologie für Einsteiger. Springer-Spektrum Heidelberg, 2014, ISBN 978-3-8274-2324-5

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