Wildlife

Creating habitats with AquaFlora floating wetlands

Rohrweihe

Circus aeruginosus

Rohrammer

Emberiza schoeniclus

Drosselrohrsänger

Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Vierfleck (Großlibelle)

Libellula quadrimaculata

Mosaikjungfer (Großlibelle)

Aeshna cyanea

versch. Tagfalter (Zitronenfalter, Kohlweißling, Ochsenauge)

Gonepteryx rhamni, Pieris brassicae Maniola jurtina

Graureiher

Ardea cinerea

Gebänderte Prachtlibelle (Kleinlibelle)

Calopteryx splendens

Gebänderte Prachtlibelle (Kleinlibelle)

Calopteryx splendens

Eintagsfliege

Ephemeroptera

versch. Bienen

Hymenoptera

Haubentaucher

Podiceps cristatus

Nachtpfauenauge

Saturnia

Zwergmaus

Micromys minutus

Mehlige Pflaumenblattlaus

Hyalopterus

Mosaikjungfer (Großlibelle)

Aeshna cyanea

Wasserschnecken

Basommatophora

Wasserschnecken

Basommatophora

Teichmolch

Lissotriton

Teichmolch

Lissotriton

Bartmeise

Panurus biarmicus

Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

Rana

Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

Rana

Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

Rana

Hecht

Esox lucius

Fische allgem.

Pisces

Fische allgem.

Pisces

Fischlarven/Jungfische

juv. Pisces
  • Rohrweihe

    Circus aeruginosus
  • Rohrammer

    Emberiza schoeniclus
  • Drosselrohrsänger

    Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • Vierfleck (Großlibelle)

    Libellula quadrimaculata
  • Mosaikjungfer (Großlibelle)

    Aeshna cyanea
  • versch. Tagfalter (Zitronenfalter, Kohlweißling, Ochsenauge)

    Gonepteryx rhamni, Pieris brassicae Maniola jurtina
  • Graureiher

    Ardea cinerea
  • Gebänderte Prachtlibelle (Kleinlibelle)

    Calopteryx splendens
  • Gebänderte Prachtlibelle (Kleinlibelle)

    Calopteryx splendens
  • Eintagsfliege

    Ephemeroptera
  • versch. Bienen

    Hymenoptera
  • Haubentaucher

    Podiceps cristatus
  • Nachtpfauenauge

    Saturnia
  • Zwergmaus

    Micromys minutus
  • Mehlige Pflaumenblattlaus

    Hyalopterus
  • Mosaikjungfer (Großlibelle)

    Aeshna cyanea
  • Wasserschnecken

    Basommatophora
  • Wasserschnecken

    Basommatophora
  • Teichmolch

    Lissotriton
  • Teichmolch

    Lissotriton
  • Bartmeise

    Panurus biarmicus
  • Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

    Rana
  • Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

    Rana
  • Frösche (Teichfrosch, Seefrosch, Wasserfrosch)

    Rana
  • Hecht

    Esox lucius
  • Fische allgem.

    Pisces
  • Fische allgem.

    Pisces
  • Fischlarven/Jungfische

    juv. Pisces
Wildlife

Here we refer to local key species that need protecting or where certain species are at risk from loss of habitat or predation from predators. These may be water birds, fish, birds or even mammals.

In fisheries, the AquaFlora floating wetlands provide vital cover and sub surface reef habitat for young fish, providing feeding grounds and protection from predators.
Floating wetlands can be engineered to create nesting habitats suitable for the Terne (Sterna hirundo). A layer of graded gravel can be added to the islands in order to create ideal nesting habitat that is secure from predation from land animals.

Due to the freely floating roots, an ideal habitat for microorganisms (such as zooplankton), insect larvae, and amphibians is developing even under the AquaFlora islands and also for fish and their brood. In addition, most of the wetland native plants have a cavity system (aerenchyma), which ensures oxygen transport and allows increased microbial activity in the root zone.

Baisic condition for this wildlife is is a food-chain starting from bacteria, microorganism and insects.

The decline in insects populations (and thus even more noticeable from birds) is now a recognized fact, but the effects are widely discussed. At this point, we do not want to analyze the causes, but show how AquaFlora islands provide simple and effective ways to create habitats.

Reeds are a habitat for highly productive plant communities. They are an indispensable food and habitat for many organisms. Water bodies provides often no natural shallow water zones where native wetland plants spread. To build new shallow water zones is often a disportionated constructive expense.

With floating elements you can create necessary and important habitats without a big effort. There are no structural interventions in the bank areas necessary; no areas must be purchased.

It can be an essential spot of the more complex network of nature. It provides stepping stones.

Schilf-Gallfliege

Lipara

Drosselrohrsänger

Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Drosselrohrsänger

Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Teichrohrsänger

Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Schilf-Sackspinne

Clubiona phragmitis

Schilf-Gallmücke

Giraudiella

Schilf-Gallmücke

Giraudiella

Mehlige Pflaumenblattlaus

Hyalopterus

Schilf-Sporn-Zikade

Chloriona

Laufkäfer

Demetrias

Zweipunkt-Schilfeule

Archanara

sessile Grünalgen und Kieselalgen

Chlorobionta, Bacillariophyta

Wasserschnecken

Basommatophora

Wasserassel

Asellus aquaticus

Zuckmücken

Chironomidae

Blattfußkrebse

Phyllopoda

Hüpferlinge

Cyclops

Aal

Anguilla anguilla

Rotauge

Rutilus rutilus

Blässhuhn

Fulica atra

Bisam

Ondatra zibethicus

Bartmeise

Panurus biarmicus
  • Schilf-Gallfliege

    Lipara
  • Drosselrohrsänger

    Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • Drosselrohrsänger

    Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • Teichrohrsänger

    Acrocephalus scirpaceus
  • Schilf-Sackspinne

    Clubiona phragmitis
  • Schilf-Gallmücke

    Giraudiella
  • Schilf-Gallmücke

    Giraudiella
  • Mehlige Pflaumenblattlaus

    Hyalopterus
  • Schilf-Sporn-Zikade

    Chloriona
  • Laufkäfer

    Demetrias
  • Zweipunkt-Schilfeule

    Archanara
  • sessile Grünalgen und Kieselalgen

    Chlorobionta, Bacillariophyta
  • Wasserschnecken

    Basommatophora
  • Wasserassel

    Asellus aquaticus
  • Zuckmücken

    Chironomidae
  • Blattfußkrebse

    Phyllopoda
  • Hüpferlinge

    Cyclops
  • Aal

    Anguilla anguilla
  • Rotauge

    Rutilus rutilus
  • Blässhuhn

    Fulica atra
  • Bisam

    Ondatra zibethicus
  • Bartmeise

    Panurus biarmicus

Here an example with a native wetland plant.

 

The dead biomass is decomposed by fungi and bacteria.

 

From these ones, feed invertebrate willow eaters and detritus eaters.

 

These are then food for predatory insects insect larvae, spider, crabs and snails etc.

 

Followed by omnivorous water birds.

 

And also mammals.

These are some of the basics for the processes that take place in the above ground reeds.

For that reason, we have developed specific plant compositions that are installed on our proven carrier system.

Our experience in the last years is that the plants on  the floating systems flower  more and longer than the corresponding plant species at the shoreline. May be this is due to the higher stress plants have by the climatic change.

AquaFlora floating wetlands are food and habitat for flowering plants and insects

  • Ein dichter Pflanzenbestand schafft Besiedlungsfläche

  • Blütenangebot für Bestäuber wie Bienen, Wespen, Schmetterlingen u.a.

  • Röhrichtinsel als Standplatz für den Reiher

  • Auch im Winter

  • Für Amphibien sind Röhrichtinsel ein idealer Lebensraum

  • Kiesinseln für Kormoran und Graugänse

  • Angebot an Lebensraum an einem großen Baggersee ohne Röhrichtzonen

  • Auch große Seen in den Alpen erfahren eine Aufwertung

    These pictures show how complex the habitat of AquaFlora floating wetlands are above and under the water.

    This structure is integrated into an environment that has an influence on these processes and that in turn is influenced.

    A lot of questions stay open. For example, at what distance the individual stepping stones are for specific organisms in order to form a productive network.

    Our floating wetlands can only be concerned with being able to offer a highly productive habitat with simple means.


    Case studies

    Falga Pond

    Irgendwo

    Da auch


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