Did you know that large parts of the 630-hectare Tropical Islands Resort are under nature conservation? Over the years, rare animal and plant species have spread across the undeveloped areas. That’s why large areas around the hall and off the main paths are protected biotopes. Every year, shortly before the onset of winter, the gardeners go out to check all the nesting aids, for example, or even to hang up new ones.
By now, there are probably about 100 boxes that have to be checked once a year. That’s why it now takes two days to get the job done. The nesting aids and the bat holes, which can weigh up to 28 kilos, are installed at a height of at least four metres, facing south and south-east. When checking the boxes, it becomes clear that they do not only serve as a shelter for birds. Bees also build their nests in the boxes and bats use them as roosts.
The bird boxes and bat roosts are compensation measures for the built-up areas on the resort grounds. In order to promote the development of tourism, building areas were designated within the framework of the development plans. In return, Tropical Islands has undertaken to carry out renaturation measures in order to also provide sufficient space for Brandenburg’s nature and wildlife. Documentation of the nesting aids, including the box numbers and models as well as their exact coordinates, will be made available to the responsible lower nature conservation authority afterwards.
Rare species that feel at home on the site include the nightjar and the endangered velvet butterfly. These efforts for biodiversity also connect Tropical Islands guests with nature!