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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

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

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.


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Beautification

Beautification

AquaFlora Floating Wetlands are based on the selection of their plants which need to have a variety of natural plant communities but also provide aesthetic aspects in landscape.

For that reason, the plants of the floating wetlands are particularly colorful. In midsummer, they attract attention with bright flowers, especially in purple, yellow and white, and a large insect wealth.

AquaFlora Floating Wetlands with Lythrum salicaria (left) and Iris pseudacorus (right)

For a long time, hard engineering such as concrete walls have provoked a disconnection between water environments and cities. AquaFlora Floating Wetlands are integrated into the environment and provide diverse ecosystems and aesthetic aspects thanks to the great diversity of plants within the structure.

They can soften the impact of these walls or general shorelines and provide habitat space where this would otherwise be lost.

Additionally it is an improvement of the belt and safety situation at hard shorlines. 

  • Iris pseudacorus

  • Lythrum salicaria

Thanks to a combination of a striking flowering and insect attractiveness they have a stimulation effect to water bodies providing an added value to spaces that did not have it before.

AquaFlora Floating wetlands present specific plant compositions selected with our proven career to show the beauty of the nature with flowering plants.

  • Aalsmeer 1 B

  • Aalsmeer 2 A

  • Amsterdam 1 Rhrichtinseln

  • Amsterdam 3 Rhrichtinsel

  • Annecy

  • Annecy 1

  • Annecy 3

  • Hamburg Hagenbeck 2008 B

  • Krummendeich 2009 A

  • Schnelsener Moorgraben 2015

  • Straburg Parc De Heyritz Passerelle

  • X Floating Elements

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