VILSA has a tradition of environmental stewardship and careful use of resources. Since 2018, VILSA has been working closely with the Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung, supporting the foundation in its work of protecting wild animals and nature in Germany. For example, the switching from conventional to organic farming transformed around 2,000,000 square meters of land in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania into a wildlife-friendly habitat. Other major nature and animal conservation projects cover the protection of wild bees and field hamsters. Thanks to this partnership, the endangered species once again have a suitable habitat and enough food and cover.
Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung
Vital but critically endangered: wild bees
Approximately half of the 585 wild bee species in Germany are already on the Red List of Threatened Species (2011 figures). Such statistic are alarming – especially for our ecosystem, in which wild bees play a crucial role.
Protecting wild bees in urban spaces
Since 2015, a primary focus of the Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung has been the protection of wild bees. With VILSA’s support and the cooperation of institutional landowners in towns and cities, the foundation sows mature wild plants, offering new nutrition and nesting opportunities for wild bees.
Fields for the field hamster
The field hamster is one of the most threatened species in Germany and is reliant on regions where soil quality is particularly good. However, due to the exceptional soil quality, intensive farming practices make conservation measures more expensive, as not using the land for farming purposes means a loss of income for farmers.
Wildlife-friendly habitats – doing business with nature!
The Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung has set itself the goal of securing permanent habitats for wild animals and plants by acquiring land. Working with VILSA, the foundation transformed an area of agricultural land on its own Klepelshagen estate in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania into a wildlife-friendly area, allowing for Bioland-certified organic farming.
The approximately 200 hectares are divided up into smaller areas, which are cultivated with various crop plants for more diversity and supplemented with hedging and wild fruit trees. Uncultivated field margins thrive in between areas. Such measures benefit wildlife typically found in an agricultural landscape – brown hares, common skylarks, wild bees, butterflies and many species of songbirds, which have fallen victim to the intensive farming practices in many parts of Germany.
Wildlife-friendly habitats – landscapes in good hands
The Klepelshagen estate (Gut Klepelshagen) is a showcase model of environmentally- and wildlife-friendly farming and forestry. The work done in recent years resulted in the creation a wildlife paradise in the middle of a popular cultural landscape.