A redstart has already discovered the stone wall for himself. The bird, which originally broods in stone cavities, flutters by to scout out a sufficiently rough gap between the stone blocks. Also some insects are buzzing around. Nature quickly takes possession of its new habitat, as jasmin fidyka indicates.
The new habitat is a dry stone wall about 40 meters long and about 1.80 meters high in the nature reserve "dry areas near machtilshausen". It is part of the district’s grunggitter insect protection project, for which fidyka is responsible as project manager.
The wall passes over two plots of land with scattered fruit trees. It had partially fallen into disrepair. The two landowners, gerry ackerl and norbert zier, joined forces to rebuild them. Roland lenhart from the nature conservation authority at the district office helped to organize the project. Lenhart has helped restore about 2,000 square meters of dry stone walls during the course of his life of service, which is now coming to an end, as he explains.
The dry stone walls have "cultural and historical significance", he says. The walls were once part of vineyards. They were erected to trim the plants for example. Many of the sites in the saale valley have been abandoned over time. The slopes were too hard to manage. The vineyards were transformed into orchards. The walls fell into disrepair or were demolished, but are still visible in many places in the landscape today.
About a month ackerl and zier built their wall. They uncovered the remains and rebuilt the wall. Zier, who used to work on the site, helped out with his wheel loader. Ackerl devoted part of his parental leave to the project. Therefore, the wall was restored relatively quickly in one month.
The old stones were inserted between the new ones. "The more heterogeneous the social fabric, the better", says fidyka. Because the dry stone wall with its hollow spaces provides habitat and shelter for various creatures. An approximately twelve-meter-wide flower meadow is to be planted in front of the wall to create additional habitat for insects.
He hopes that the project will find many imitators, explains lenhart. In machtilshausen, at least, ackerl and zier have attracted a lot of attention with their work – even if not everyone is always immediately convinced, as both report on their experiences. The wall is located in a popular area for hikers and walkers and is easy to spot. Remains of other vineyard walls can be found there.
A lime kiln road is to be built in the vicinity of the wall. On this occasion another wall will be restored. Anyone who also wants to preserve walls in the landscape can contact fidyka at the district administration office in bad kissingen. But people who want to create other landscape elements are also in demand. Fidyka cites individual hedges as an example. For the project grungitter is also looking for a field. Then wild weeds could be planted on a coarser individual surface.