Ponds

An intact living community can be found in the ponds on site. Typical pond inhabitants have settled here, such as frogs, toads, dragonflies, great diving beetles and pond skaters.

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Regular visitors to the ponds are mallards, lapwings and herons; various birds of prey take time to sit on the nearby perches, and even the occasional grass snake has been known to slither through the water. The plants found growing by the pond are Mentha aquatica (water mint), Cicuta virosa (water hemlock), Arundo donax (giant cane), Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife), Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), Caltha palustris (marsh marigold), Lysimachia nummularia (creeping Jenny), Alisma plantago-aquatica (water plantain), Gratiola officinalis (Herb of Grace) and Calamus aromaticus (calamus). The leaves of the Nymphaea alba (water lily) and Nuphar luteum (pond lily) can be found in the water itself. If larger quantities of one plant species are required or seeds need to be harvested, the neighbouring wetlands have to be used for cultivation. One of the ponds is also used for supplying the greenhouses with rainwater.

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