In January 2019, in freezing cold conditions, a new still water body with an area of about 2000 m² was created near Neudingen in the area known as “Im Brühl”.
Extensively used grassland as well as moist tall shrub meadows and sedge stands extend around the watercourse. The Brühlgraben, which was desludged and widened in places on this occasion, extends between the still water and the Danube about 500 m away.
This combination of wet and humid habitats provides a basis for numerous animal and plant species which are bound to such habitats.
Species identified during earlier mapping in this area include various endangered bird species such as the reed bunting, kingfisher, reed warbler, cormorant and whinchat. Other species found here include the grass frog, marsh grasshopper, and mantis.
In the summer of 2019, an excursion by the Südbaar Environmental Group in cooperation with the Environmental Office explained the creation of the water body and visited the current development of the still water body and the surrounding areas.
Due to the destruction of natural floodplains in recent decades, there are no still waters. On the one hand, this results in a lack of habitats and, to make matters worse, the last remaining habitats are often so far apart that many populations are becoming increasingly isolated and genetic exchange is therefore interrupted or at least severely impaired.
In order to counteract this development, the interregional project “Small Waters for the Lake Constance Region – Network for Biodiversity and Environmental Education” was launched with 10 project partners from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The project, which will run for several years, is coordinated by the Lake Constance Foundation.
The interregional project was funded by the EU from the European Regional Development Fund and the Interreg programme “Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein 2014-2020”.