Conservation fields


An acreage is called „conservation field“ in the projects’ context, when its botanically extraordinary species inventory is long-term secured via contractual agreement or legal guarantees. Equally valued are acreages in property of conservation stakeholders. A management supporting the conservation of species worthy of protection shall be assured. Supervision by a local contact person shall be available.

Objectives and functions of conservation fields

  • protection and conservation of endangered arable wild plants and its plant communities for scientific, ethic and aesthetic reasons
  • Assurance of potential centres for the re-proliferation of rare arable wild plants
  • Creation of samples for demonstration
  • Preservation of plots for palaeo-ethnologic research
  • Perpetuation of the generic potential of „weed“-taxons!

Project goal: a network of conservation fields in Germany

Calcarous field in the northern Eifel (Western Germany) with more than 40 species, e.g. European Venus´Looking Glass (Legousia speculum-veneris)

The project „100 fields for biodiversity“ aims at establishing a nationwide conservation field network for wild arable plant species. Through this project, which is financially supported by the Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt (DBU), there is a realistic chance of countering the ongoing loss of species by implementing a network of conservation fields. The conservation of typical arable plant communities such as Caucalido-Adonidetum flammeae, Teesdalio-Arnoseridetum and Papaveretum argemones should be ensured within every ecosystem of Germany with the help of these „conservation fields“. On these fields, crop management is carried out without herbicide use and according to the growth preferences of the wild arable plants. The conservation fields should act as future centres for potential re-colonisation of rare species.

Flyer about the project “100 fields for biodiversity”
project-flyer-en.pdf (1,65 MB)

Adonis aestivalis (Summer Pheasant’s Eye)

The project homepage provides information about establishing the network of conservation fields and is updated regularly. The website serves for information exchange and for connecting the stakeholders.