|Natura Trails in Germany – Online at www.natura-trails.naturfreunde.de|
Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg are the first two German provinces to take part in the international Natura Trail campaign and establish their own trails. Both projects are being presented on the new project’s website of the German Friends of Nature.
The latest German trail leads into the Natura 2000 area “Albtrauf near Aalen”, making the natural areas of the Swabian Alb accessible. Numerous habitats of EU-wide importance, specially protected by the Habitats Directive, are located in this region. These include beech groves, in which the shy eagle owl hunts for small mammals, frogs and birds, juniper heaths formed over the course of centuries by traditional sheep grazing, and colourful flowering meadows, whose conservation is also due to a traditional rural cultivation. The varied Natura Trail links up the Friends-of-Nature houses “Braunenberg”, “Am Brand” and “Tierstein” on a length of 18 km, and can also be experienced in stages. I can be reached environmentally sound by train.