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Curtain up for exclusive Berlin stepping stone biotopes and PikoParks! On the occasion of the "Rendezvous in the Garden", the, the Stiftung für Mensch und Umwelt, Märkische Scholle Wohnungsunternehmen eG, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Senate Department for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection and the Environment invite you to visit four areas designed to be close to nature on the property of the Märkische Scholle housing co-operative. 

Near-natural green spaces are becoming increasingly important - especially in the city! Current research surveys confirm that half of the 600 native wild bee species are endangered. The reasons for the decline and endangerment of the insects lie in the destruction of their habitats and the reduction of their food. Flowering areas with native wild plants and various near-natural structures such as dry stone walls, piles of dead wood, sand lenses and piles of stones counteract this.

Strengthening biodiversity
What does "close to nature" actually mean? How can such a design be achieved in (semi-)public spaces? And to what extent do wild shrubs, dry stone walls and deadwood help biodiversity? Participants will receive answers to these questions during the guided tour of these special types of green spaces. There will also be a reading with show narrator Dirk Lausch - who invites you into a world of stories inspired by nature - and a discovery tour. 

The Stiftung für Mensch und Umwelthas so far realised four stepping stone biotopes (approx. 20-30 m²) and PikoParks (approx. 300 m²) in cooperation with Märkische Scholle Wohnungsunternehmen eG in Berlin. These are near-natural areas in urban spaces that strengthen biodiversity. The Senate Department for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection and the Environment provided financial support for the stepping stone biotope in Reginhardstrasse. 

The new project "Near-natural stepping stones along the main green routes" by the Foundation for People and the Environment can also be realised thanks to financial support from the Senate Department. This project corresponds with another project "Vielfalt Verstehen" funded by the Senate Department on environmental education at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Saturday, 1 June 2024
Guided tour: 14:00 -17:00 in German language 
Meeting point: Reginhardstraße 164, 13409 Berlin-Reinickendorf
Registration not required

An event as part of the "Rendezvous in the Garden" project.