The Baar – a cultural landscape

The Baar is an ancient cultural landscape consisting of cultivated land, fallow land and nature reserves. With these images we want to give you an impression of the biodiversity, which has established itself in this region in spite of the harsh climate.

Lady’s-slipper: The orchid-rich forests around Hüfingen atract botanists from all over Germany. Around 30 different types of orchids can be discovered there. A new nature trail enables visitors to learn more learn more about dies floral treasures of the Baar. Sadly there is no English version of the website or the flyer, but the map should still be interpretable. (Link).

Red kite: The Baar is home to the largest population of this magnificent bird of prey in all of Baden-Württemberg. According to EU-law it is a protected species. The red kite is also the main reason for the bird reserve “Baar”.

Mountain Alcon Blue: This beatiful butterfly can only be found in few areas; the dry grasslands of the Baar are one of them. While its caterpillars eat cross-leaved gentian in the beginning, they later let ants feed them.

White stork: 20 years ago, the stork was on the brink of extinction. Luckily the population numbers increased and now it has returned to many of the villages and cities of the Baar. Sometimes even black storks visit.
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Siberian iris: The wetlands of the Riedbaar are one of the westernmost distributions of the Siberian iris.
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Checkered daffodil: If you are in Bräunlingen in late spring you might get a look at the checkered daffodil.
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Beaver: Formerly extinct in all of Germany, the beaver is retaking its habitats. The beaver returned to the Baar in the early 2000s and can be found in almost every creek, keeping the nature conservation and water authorities occupied with its dams.

 

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