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A lofty place to live

Many bird species are threatened by extinction today, including the hoopoe, the swallow, the osprey and the stork. 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.

Nesting boxes for hoppoes

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.

Einer von insgesamt 13 Nistkästen für den Wiedehopf auf dem Gelände des Naturlehrpfades in Aschaffenburg.
One of a total of 13 nesting boxes for the hoopoe on the grounds of the nature trail in Anschaffenburg.

A new home for swallows

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.

Doppelnisthilfen im Fahrzeuginstandhaltungswerk Dessau.
Double nesting boxes in the Dessau-Rosslau vehicle maintenance depot.

A lofty place to live 

In Gelnhausen in eastern Hesse, we built a new nesting structure for storks while working on the upgrade of the Kinzigtalbahn railway. In consultation with the region’s bird and nature conservation associations, we put up a ten-meter high steel mast with a wooden breeding platform on top. A resident pair of storks has already moved into their new home. In addition Deutsche Bahn will create a nearby pond for the roosting birds. Small amphibians such as toads and frogs will be able to live here, too, in the future.

The ten-meter high steel mast with a wooden breeding platform for the stork is erected with an excavator.

A room with a view 

Near the Koberbach Dam in Werdau, Saxony, we joined forces with the local nature conservation authority to install a nesting box for the local osprey on top of one of our electricity pylons. The metal frame covered with branches, moss and wood shavings, and perched 25 meters above the ground, is ready for the osprey pair to move in. The pylon’s location is ideal: it is in a field close to the lakes where these rare birds of prey find their food.

Ein Fischadler-Nest.
The nesting box at a height of 25 meters is stocked with branches, moss and wood chips so that a pair of ospreys can settle down.