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Macrophotography and biodiversity on the Lower Rhine – series of events to raise awareness of nature conservation

Experience the fascinating world of insects and plant diversity up close – the three events on macro photography and biodiversity in the Lower Rhine region as part of our TransRegINT project offered the chance to do just that. In cooperation with the Naturschutzzentrum im Kreis Kleve e. V., the NABU Kreisverband Kleve e. V. and the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, nature and photography enthusiasts were able to immerse themselves in the biodiversity of the region.

Kick-off: Lecture on “Insects – fascination and protection” (March 18, 2024)

Dr. Ulrich Werneke, Managing Director of the Naturschutzzentrum im Kreis Kleve e. V., provided participants with impressive insights into the insect world and the importance of insect diversity in the Lower Rhine region in a kick-off event. During the presentation, the participants were whisked away into the world of insects with the help of impressive close-up photos. One focus was on the importance of insect diversity in the Lower Rhine region and specific measures to protect it. He emphasized how important it is to promote wildflowers in the garden and to leave areas to their own devices.

Workshop: Macrophotography and biodiversity on the Lower Rhine (May 2, 2024)

On May 2, 2024, a workshop on macro photography and biodiversity took place, led by Hermann-Josef Windeln from NABU Kreisverband Kleve e. V. Participants explored the gardens of the Tropical Greenhouse at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and gained insights into the world of insects. With expert guidance and cell phone apps, they were able to identify and photograph the insects.

Excursion to the former military training area Kleve-Materborn (May 23, 2024)

On May 23, 2024, an excursion to the Kleve-Materborn military training area offered a unique opportunity for insect identification and macro photography. The 100-hectare area, known for its species-rich meadows and diverse habitats, allowed participants to explore and photograph the impressive diversity of insects. A special find on this day: a cuckoo bumblebee, which takes over entire colonies of bumblebees. Hermann-Josef Windeln actively assisted the participants in identifying the numerous photo motifs. At the same time, Florian Gaisrucker provided support with technical questions relating to photography.

Conclusion

The series of events was a complete success: by directly engaging with biodiversity on site, the participants were sensitized to the importance of nature conservation and the preservation of biodiversity. These experiences helped to raise awareness of climate protection and encourage participants to take an active role in protecting our environment. The close cooperation with experts from the Naturschutzzentrum Kreis Kleve e. V. and the NABU Kreisverband Kleve e. V. ensured optimal support and an educational, interactive experience.

The series of events was organized by Florian Gaisrucker, Innovation Manager Society. He focuses on strengthening regional potential and the needs of our community. In his events, he actively involves citizens and thus opens up our university to society.

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