Many bird species are threatened by extinction today, including the hoopoe and the swallow. Often, the birds cannot find enough food or places to nest. We want to change this by creating new habitats for our feathered friends.
Whether on depot premises or on land we have restored – wherever it is possible, we are supporting wildlife conservation by building suitable places for birds to nest.
We joined forces with the city of Aschaffenburg, for example, to set up 13 nesting boxes for the rare hoopoe along the local natural heritage trail. The boxes were made at a sheltered workshop in the region. The endangered migratory bird will find a place to breed and plenty to eat there in the future. The grassland, scattered with meadow flowers, is teeming not only with crickets and beetles but also with small frogs and lizards, all of which are favorite delicacies of the hoopoe.
Protected barn swallows are regular guests at Potsdam-Griebnitzsee station. Every year, these songbirds visit some 40 nests there during their breeding season. This is why NABU (the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) granted the station its "swallow-friendly house" award in 2018.
The Dessau-Rosslau vehicle maintenance depot provides homes for another type of swallow. House martins raise their chicks there safe and sound every year in the double nesting boxes set up for them.